Articles by Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Money can't buy you sustainable safety

December 21, 2011

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

November 30, 2011

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...

November 9, 2011

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

October 26, 2011

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

October 19, 2011

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

October 5, 2011
 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
October 1, 2011
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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After you've picked the low-hanging fruit...

Improving safety becomes more difficult
September 28, 2011

What are two practices that characterize companies with the best safety records?

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Labor Day reflection

September 7, 2011

In my first safety blog I’m going to reflect on Labor Day. This Labor Day I watched Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero about the group of workers racing to complete the September 11 Memorial by the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 (this weekend).

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Correcting misconceptions about behavior-based safety

August 24, 2011

I'd like to correct some common misconceptions about behavior-based safety (BBS) that I saw in a recent ISHN web exclusive article.

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