Systems vs the Individual: How Safety Traits can Keep You on Track

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

It’s not easy to be Amtrak right now. Talk about a rough stretch…three major accidents in the past two months alone. First, in December 2017, a Cascades train traveling from Seattle to Portland came to an abrupt halt, derailing off a bridge and onto a busy highway. Then, a chartered Amtrak train traveling through Virginia collided with a garbage truck. Most recently, an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Miami collided with a freight train in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, these are just the most recent incidents…barely three years ago was one of the largest train derailments in history: the Philadelphia Amtrak crash, which killed eight people and left 180 injured. How can we prevent these accidents?


Is Complacency Impacting Personal Safety Behavior at Your Site?

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

Are you a task list person? Do you write out specific things that you need to get done and diligently work through your list? Maybe even write down a task after completing it just to allow yourself the satisfaction of crossing it off? 


Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities: A Missing Piece

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

Safety professionals are notorious for getting hit with the gotcha questions that, if not answered correctly, make us look stupid. On the surface these questions seem simple to answer, but there’s always a catch. Here’s one I recently heard. Are today’s new mid-size sedans safe to drive? For the sake of this argument, let’s consider the 2018 Toyota Camry. What do you say – is it a safe vehicle? Well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently gave this car their Top Safety Pick Award. If you're like most astute safety professionals, your answer will sound like this: “Yes, but…it depends on who is driving the Camry!” You quickly recognize that, while the vehicle is reasonably safe, the person behind the wheel ultimately decides how the car is driven


Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities: 5 Trends & Challenges Ahead

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

Serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) are earth-shattering experiences for a worksite: nothing has as much of a time-freezing effect on a workforce. It's in these occasions that we see leaders drop everything to meet and reflect on the trauma that shakes their teams. And with these recurring meetings comes the obvious questions: “What happened? How can we keep this from ever happening again?” In recent years, workplace injuries have been trending in a concerning direction. Non-fatal recordables have slightly declined from 3.2/100 FTEs in 2014 to 3.0 in 2015 and 2.9 in 2016. Yet, fatalities increased, with 2014 recording 4,821 fatalities, 2015 showed a 15-case increase, followed by a dramatic 7% increase in 2016. 2017 likely will follow this trend.


'Twas the Night Without (Ladder) Safety

Posted by  David Juristy

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the land,
safety was threatened by one jolly man.

Banners were hung on the wall by his sled,
hoping the message would sink in his head.

His elves were asleep now, their work put away,
it’s amazing they made it through another long day.

I in my PJs, my wife in her gown,
had just settled in when we heard quite a sound.

Out by the house came a very loud noise,
it’s a red-suited man with a big bag of toys. 

I looked to see what the sound was about,
he was banging a ladder and then he would shout.

He was shifting and fussing, it’s easy to grasp,
the ladder was moving in spite of his clasp.

As he climbed on the rungs its position would change,
and his hands were both full which I found very strange.


Beyond Physical Safety: the Impact of Personal Safety in Car Racing

Posted by  Kelly Palmer

If you were to ask a group of 2nd graders in Mooresville, North Carolina, what they want to be when they grow up, there is a strong chance that a popular response will be “racecar driver”. Mooresville is known as “Race City USA”, a pleasant town of 32,000 people and home to many NASCAR celebrities, race team shops, and auto racing manufacturers. Having lived there myself, I can tell you about many celebrity driver sightings at local restaurants, or how you will likely be woken up bright and early by the sound of engine testing if you stay in one of the hotels near the industrial area. It’s a fabulous town, full of charm, excitement and a laid-back atmosphere.  


Will the Safe Employees Please Stand Up?

Posted by  Kristin Delgado

Safeguarding the health and welfare of employees is a critical reason for maintaining a safe and productive work environment. Accident prevention is also important for organizations financially, as incidents are costly in terms of insurance, equipment, and goods. While there are many factors that contribute to these events, research tells us that some individuals are more likely to act unsafely at work than others. It may be no surprise that the individuals who naturally behave unsafely are also the ones who are responsible for most work-related safety incidents. For instance, in the trucking industry, 20% of drivers account for almost 80% of all driving accidents. This 80/20 rule is true across many industries for accidents and injuries.

Related: The 80/20 Rule in Safety - A Few People, A Lot of Incidents


Can A Safety Assessment Really Improve Workplace Safety?

Posted by  Alli Besl, Ph.D.

Can your workers’ answers to a questionnaire and their performance on simulations predict their safety performance on the job? As using assessments for selecting and developing employees becomes common practice, individuals and organizations alike are becoming aware of the benefits these tools offer – but some may not realize their ability to measure traits specific to safety.


When it Comes to Personal Safety, Sometimes Father Knows Best

Posted by  David Juristy

Like most of us, I often think back to my formative years and fondly remember things my parents said to me while I was growing up. Some are humorous while others are serious and have left a lasting impact…and occasionally, some are both.


How Habits Transform Your Safety Culture (for Better or Worse)

Posted by  Brian Dishman

Bad habits put your workers at risk of injury on the job, but do they know what routines are affect their safety behaviors? Habits are personal: they are developed over time and become the structure of our routines. This makes them positive resources: they can leverage a worker’s natural inclination to be cautious on the job and ensure he prepares for his shift carefully every day. But there’s another side to the habit coin: the bad one. The moment a worker gives in to bad habits is when good safety behaviors are at risk. All safety professionals who have seen their employees operating forklifts just a little too vivaciously know what a lack of caution can do to team safety. So, how can you help your employees escape powerful bad habits to leverage safe ones?


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