SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

4 Ways Your SafetyDNA Impacts Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIFs) Risk

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Serious injuries and fatalities, commonly referred to as SIFs, are the types of incidents that can cause the most harm. SIF incidents commonly lead to life-altering injuries, loss of life, and catastrophic events with multiple deaths. It’s no wonder that safety professionals and researchers have been increasing their focus on how to identify events that lead to SIFs, and how to prevent these events from occurring.

Research over the past decade has looked at various types of precursors, and systematic processes that can help prevent SIFs proactively. Experts typically recommend identifying SIF precursors, heightened education of SIFs, using root cause analysis and implementing various controls. However, research on SIFs is still an emerging field, and there is still much we do not know about the exact types of factors or events that contribute to these events.


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

Posted by  David Juristy

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 the Theory of Risk Compensation Affects Your Personal Safety

Posted by  Brian Dishman

Prior to 1967 Swedes drove on the left-hand side of the road. Högertrafikomläggningen is the day that Sweden switched all traffic to the right-hand side of the road. Picture that scenario. Imagine driving in the opposite direction on familiar streets, looking over a different shoulder while changing lanes, or reflexively reaching for the shifter with the wrong hand. You'd be trying to overcome years of muscle memory and habits.

Now imagine all of your fellow motorists suddenly experiencing this together on the road. Scary? You might think it was a rough time for Swedish car insurance representatives.

You’d be wrong.


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Do These Safety Cringe Factors Keep You Up at Night?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

A few weeks ago I was training some leaders at a manufacturing site when one of the safety managers said something interesting. She stated, “What worries me the most is the safety ‘cringe factors’ we have in the plant.” When I asked her to elaborate more on this she explained that, in her opinion, safety cringe factors are, “All of the existing hazards or risks that keep you up at night – you know they are out there, but they’re not always easy to see or eliminate.”

She brought up a good point – there will always be some safety issues that are hard to pinpoint or hard to resolve, but at any given point they could lead to someone getting hurt. As a safety professional, what are the cringe factors that keep you up at night the most? What are the risks, hazards, or potential situations out there on the floor, or in the field, that can easily go “under the radar” and then catch people by surprise?


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How Safe Would You Be In The Zombie Apocalypse?

Posted by  David Juristy


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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What Is the Johari Window and How Can It Help Improve Your Personal Safety?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

When a friend or a co-worker tells you that you act a certain way, how often do you agree with them? How well do you know your behavior relative to how other people see you? If you are like most people, there are lots of things people can say about you that you admit are true.

But let’s face it - some of us have better self-awareness than others. I bet that right now, you can easily think of someone you know who has no clue that they act a certain way (e.g., forgetful, picky, loud) even though everybody else around them seems to know it. We often refer to these as “blind spots”. These are the things about ourselves that others can see, but we do not.


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

Posted by  David Juristy

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 Can the Cleveland Browns' Failures Teach You about Safety Leadership?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Playing quarterback for the Cleveland Browns is a dangerous occupation. I fear for their personal safety, and I don’t think Browns leadership is providing a safe environment at all for the most important position on the field.

This recent blog presented some interesting data showing that they also allow more sacks per game (over 2.5 per game, on average) and had allowed the fifth most sacks of any team in the league, as of Week 6 of this season. While a few other teams this season have allowed more sacks on their quarterback, interestingly, those quarterbacks seem to stay healthy, whereas Browns quarterbacks have been injured much more frequently. On average, they are injured or are leaving the field once every 9 hits this season. And this trend spans well beyond this season. In fact, the Browns have the unfortunate distinction of being the only NFL team (by far) to have four straight seasons where they start three or more quarterbacks in a season.


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How Valuable Is Your Behavior-Based Safety Process? What One Company Found Out

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Question - if you had to rank the importance of Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) relative to other parts of your safety management system, where would you rank it?

More importantly – where would your company’s employees rank BBS in terms of added value? This is exactly what a global manufacturing company with over 11,000 employees and over $10 billion in annual revenue is doing, and the answers that it got from its leaders were very interesting.

This organization just finished polling over 160 supervisors, managers and EHS professionals across all of their North American operations (over 10 sites) as part of a comprehensive safety leadership training effort. They have had BBS in place across these facilities for nearly 20 years, and have invested extensive money, time and resources into its BBS systems. Clearly, somebody has seen value in it.


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How Does Social Proof Affect Your Workplace Safety Culture?

Posted by  Brian Dishman

This is part 4 of our series on how cognitive biases affect workplace safety. Click here to read Part 1, click here for Part 2, and here is part 3.

Rules don’t drive employee behavior. Watch the below video.

This classic Candid Camera segment illustrates the powerful impact of social proof on human behavior. Social proof is the psychological phenomenon where people match the actions of others in an attempt to display correct behavior for a given situation.


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