- OIL & GAS
Articles by Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Behavior is motivated by the consequences it produces especially when that consequence happens right after the behavior with high certainty.
What are two practices that characterize companies with the best safety records?
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).
I'd like to correct some common misconceptions about behavior-based safety (BBS) that I saw in a recent ISHN web exclusive article.