Articles by Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Tumbling down the stairs

Who takes responsibility for an injured intern?
One key to an ideal safety culture that drastically reduces injuries is for everyone to take responsibility for safety.”

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Coach first, then discipline

What would you prefer: The carrot or the stick? Punishment works and is frequently used in less mature safety programs as a reaction to some incident that hurt someone. 

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Lessons from mowing the lawn

Modeling safe behavior for your kids

Mowing the lawn can be a real chore. It is certainly not something I look forward to. It's also a chore that can be quite hazardous. According to…SAFETY DATA.

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Money can't buy you sustainable safety

I agree with the premise that $$ only drives algorithmic (my word) tasks. Safety is not algorithmic... it is heuristic. We are asking for strategies and decisions, not just following directions, to get real results.

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Directing safety is not enough

Safety procedures, safety talks, signs and other instructions direct workers. But attempting to identify all behaviors needed to keep employees safe fail in the midst of a changing work environment of aging equipment, cost-cutting, and changes in processes and people. 

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When giving your leadership feedback...

Question: We would like to try and flesh out a 360-degree observation card (system) for our team leaders, and was curious as what pitfalls one should try and avoid?

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A message that kills cultures

I’m frankly tired of hearing the old Heinrich data from the 1930s that asserts, “88% of worker injuries are due to the worker’s unsafe act.” Firstly, it sends the “blame the worker” message that kills cultures.

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The most effective safety tool

Behavior is motivated by the consequences it produces especially when that consequence happens right after the behavior with high certainty.

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The community of culture

 I spent last week at the Behavioral Safety Now (BSN) Conference ( where I was reminded of a simple fact: To change culture you have to rely on our culture.  

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Put your reputation on the line

Show safety’s value in time and money
Do you value safety? Prove it with time and money. Put your reputation on the line. Then you will show results.

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Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

11/4/14 2:00 pm EST

Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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2014 October

This issue features articles about PPE safety and OSHA standards

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Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

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