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Emergency action plans: Not usually required, but...

May 9, 2013

Some terrible things occurred during the course of three short days last month. First of all, a couple of troubled young brothers decided to explode two homemade bombs near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and critically injuring more than 100 others. Then two days later, there was a tremendous explosion at a fertilizer plant located in the small town of West, TX, injuring more than 250 people and killing at least 15 people, many of them first responders.


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Safety and health’s “untouchables”

May 8, 2013

There are certain subjects and/or standards in occupational safety and health that are “untouchable.” They should be aired out, discussed, addressed. But among regulators and lawmakers, particularly in Washington, they are “toxic.” Politics is not the only culprit here. The U.S. has certain cultural “boundaries” surrounding some issues that make them less accessible to discussion and plans than say in Europe.


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Probability vs. performance: the Heinrich accident triangle revisited

May 7, 2013

H. W. Heinrich changed the world of safety fundamentals forever with his pioneering work in the 1930’. One of his concepts that continues to make me think is his accident triangle (pyramid), a concept that we all are familiar with.


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Your vision for safety and closing the gaps

May 3, 2013
The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it.


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A @#$# storm In Texas

May 2, 2013
As safety professionals all over the civilized world continued to congratulate themselves on the swell job they’re all doing, someone had to piss on the picnic and blow up a fertilizer plant.


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Look for the Helpers

May 1, 2013

We wish the world would be more like a kid’s show instead of a place of violence such we saw in the needless bombing during the Boston Marathon.  Wholesome, nurturing, recreational events shouldn’t be the stage for tragedies happening right in our neighborhoods.


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Leading indicators – Metrics that make a real difference

Challenges to safety culture necessities
April 30, 2013

The search for viable leading indicators to replace lagging injury statistics is a hot safety topic these days. I do not believe we will ever be rid of injury rates as a metric used to judge safety performance.


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Why work should be more like playing video games

How to create a great safety culture
April 26, 2013

A few weeks ago, I heard a story on NPR about the factors that make video games so enjoyable, exciting and immersive.  In short, why playing video games makes people happy. Tony Hsieh’s book “Delivering Happiness” is the first I look to when I think about creating a great culture.


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Are you trying to transform your business to survive and thrive?

Five tips to lead change in challenging times
April 25, 2013

Putting the right people at the helm has launched many high-profile, highly successful turnarounds, from Jack Welch in his early days at GE to Meg Whitman at eBay.


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Road rash: Business travel and injuries

How big a problem is it?
April 24, 2013

Last Saturday and the Saturday before that I made no posts to my blog. It was an unfortunate result of my having been away on business. This is not an excuse mind you; I had every intention of writing and posting using the infernal timer that has vexed me every time I’ve tried using it. In hindsight I’m glad I waited. This week I’d like to talk a bit about an area of safety that I think goes largely ignored: safety while travelling.


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