SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

David Juristy

David is the Vice President of Sales at Select International.

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What Can President-Elect Donald Trump Teach Us About Safety?

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After reading the title of this blog entry I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself, “I can’t wait to read this one” (insert sarcastic look here). However, you’re going to need to stick with me on this one, because the answer to my initial question is…a lot. So let me explain exactly how.

Let’s start at the beginning of the industrial revolution and take a look at safety over time. Going back to the early 1900’s if we take a look at the number of fatalities and serious injuries we can see a dramatic drop over time. The question is why? There are several reasons that have facilitated the change, let’s look at a few.


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How Safe Would You Be In The Zombie Apocalypse?

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Today, we're diving into Part 4 of our series about SafetyDNA profiles. Click here to read Part 1 , Part 2, and Part 3.

Who doesn’t like The Walking Dead?  Zombies, end of days, action, adventure - The Walking Dead has it all; and If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead you probably have a favorite character.  Like most loyal fans you probably fall into one of two camps, Rick or Daryl.  When season 7 premiered (Spoiler Alerts!) in mid-October people were concerned that Daryl might be at the business end of Negan’s bat Lucille, but after the first 30 minutes of the premiere those folks could breathe a huge sigh of relief.  Daryl lives to fight another day. 

What is it that makes Daryl so loved by fans?  For me it’s his unpredictability, you never quite know what Daryl is going to do, he is a true Adventurer and so far things have worked out for him…at least for the most part.

When applying the S.A.F.E. model to Daryl it’s easy to see he fits the Adventurer profile.  Let's take a look at each factor and you’ll see why.


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2 Major Reasons Why Your Company Isn't Improving Its Safety Performance

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Albert Einstein famously said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” So, why is it that so many companies conduct the same safety training year after year, yet see very little difference when it comes to improving their safety performance? I know that’s not always the case. However, when you consider the amount of time, money, and effort spent on reducing incidents and injury rates, one would expect to see better results.

There are two main reasons we fail to see the type of improvement we desire:


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What Dr. House's SafetyDNA Says About Him

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Today, we're diving into Part 3 of our series about SafetyDNA profiles. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2.

House M.D. fans, including myself, are still going through withdrawal after the show ended in 2012. House, the main character of this series, was a character who the viewers loved because of his risks and personality. House’s propensity for being right was what made him such an intriguing character. In his mind, the end always justified the means.

When I think of the Maverick safety profile, the first person that comes to mind was House. House truly embodies what it means to be a Maverick. Let’s take a look at how Dr. Gregory House stacks up when applying the S.A.F.E. model.


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What Phil Dunphy's SafetyDNA Says About Him

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Today, we're diving into Part 2 of our series about SafetyDNA profiles. Click here to read Part 1.

When I say the word “Professor” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it Doc Brown from Back to the Future? Is it the image of sitting in a classroom while being lectured with hundreds of other students? Or is it as a kid watching Bill Nye perform an experiment? Whatever the image is we all know the type of person you’re talking about when someone says, “They’re like a professor’.

Professors have some unique traits that give them this reputation. Some of the things we think of when the word "professor" is mentioned are:


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Are Your Employees Wired to be Safe?

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What makes us who we are? Is it our parents? Our environment? Are we born a certain way? The answer is yes to all three. There are several factors that ultimately make us who we are as adults. Some we can control … others we can’t. We know, however, that siblings raised in an identical environment often turn out very different. Two children with the same parents, living in the same home, going to the same school; yet one excels in sports and the other in academics, one is a master of music while the other can barely play the radio. Why? It has a lot to do with DNA and how they are wired at the cellular level.


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Lack of Awareness: My Downfall

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Okay, so here’s a good story.  I work for a company that has an entire practice dedicated to safety and improving workplace safety.  My degree is in Industrial Operations with an emphasis in safety.  I’ve been through countless safety training courses while on active duty in the United States Air Force.  To sum it up, I like to think of myself as a safe person.  That is until I completed the SafetyDNA assessment, an online psychological test battery that measures a person’s “SafetyDNATM,” which shows your personal safety profile.

When I received my report I was puzzled how it could conclude that I had a few “blind spots” when it came to certain areas relating to safety.  For example, one aspect of my profile is that I am lower than others on “Awareness of Surroundings” and to be honest, I was a little skeptical.  That is until this past weekend.


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