Phil La Duke

Phil La Duke

Speaker, author, consultant, trainer, provocateur…Phil La Duke wears many hats. As an expert in safety, organizational development, and culture change Phil can help you motivate your workforce, conduct culture assessments and craft interventions to improve how your work place values safety, provide insights to your executive staff, and craft and execute business solutions. If you’re interested in what Phil La Duke can do for you, contact Phil at pcladuke@gmail.com

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Risky stunts, skydiving and SFX: Movie production safety supervisors

By Phil La Duke
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On February 20 during a camera test for the film, “Midnight Rider,” (a new biopic of Gregg Allman), a freight train slammed into the production crew on a narrow railroad trestle bridge in rural Georgia


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If the middle class continues to shrink, safety loses an important ally

By Phil La Duke

IF the middle class continues to shrink, worker safety loses an important advocate. I think we are seeing the beginnings of the impact already.  When politicians openly question the value of “overly protective” safety laws and decry an overly litigious society as the bane of modern society it's because they believe saying such things will get them elected.


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If a temp dies on the job, does it count?

By Phil La Duke

 “There’s a sense that a new guy’s life isn’t worth as much ‘cos he hasn’t put his time in yet.” Chris Taylor, Platoon. “Temp” as in temporary; a temporary person. The designation shows how much value we tend to place on those in the workforce who won’t be around very long.


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Don't get zapped - six electrical safety scenarios

By Phil La Duke and Jack Rubinger
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There’s a good reason we keep writing about electrical safety. It’s not going away.


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OSHA has no regulation for sleep deprivation – but you must know who is fit for duty

By Phil La Duke

Before you blame the worker, or even the PPE itself for some workplace incident, consider that the worker may be sleep deprived. Often, when a worker is confronted for violating a policy, he or she will shrug and say, “I forgot.” Many safety professionals are realizing that human errors, behavioral drift and even recklessness can be traced to a growing threat to workplace safety –a lack of sleep.


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Six simple ways to change your life

By Phil La Duke
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Years ago I worked in talent development for one of the largest faith-based healthcare systems in the United States. I left it to pursue other career goals but it never left me, at least not completely.


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I would never belong to a group that would have me as a member

The rise of the self-loathing safety professional
By Phil La Duke

Recently I was talking to colleagues on the subject of talking to strangers on airplanes. Like many safety professionals I spend a fair amount of time crammed into an uncomfortable seat, breathing stale air, and having my space invaded by a mouth-breather whose idea of a good trip is chatting up the stranger beside him.


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If you don’t have something important to say about safety -- then shut up

By Phil La Duke
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Years ago I worked security at a power plant. I wasn’t a peace officer, far from it; in fact, I wasn’t even allowed to carry a big flashlight to protect myself.


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At what point does safety become overly intrusive?

By Phil La Duke

With the rising costs associated with healthcare, an aging workforce more likely to require treatment for chronic illness, and the simple fact that people in good physical condition tend to be injured less severely than those who are out of shape,  organizations are increasingly able to argue that what you do on your own time is indeed their business.


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New Year’s resolutions for safety professionals

By Phil La Duke

Resolution #1: Less Focus On Preaching More On Teaching. Awareness campaigns are important for the unaware. But most workers who ultimately get hurt do so knowing something they know is dangerous, or at very least that they suspected COULD be dangerous. 


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