SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

A Research-Based Strategy to Reduce Safety Incidents in the Workplace

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

Each year, thousands are killed while working on the job and even more are injured or have a close call that could result in injury. An appendage to those tragic events is the fact that organizations lose thousands and even millions of dollars due to these safety incidents. OSHA has stated:


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4 Psychological Safety Traits that Impact ISO 45001 Implementation

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

If you’re in charge of OHS at your workplace, you’ve probably considered whether the new ISO 45001 standard makes sense for your company. You’ve likely read about it or heard people in the industry discussing it. Or you may be wondering whether your company is ready for the requirements and the process involved. There are several factors which can impact the implementation and eventual success of any ISO standard within an organization, such as its size, nature of operations, current OHS policies, or available resources. However, one factor you will not typically hear about is arguably the most important – the people who make up the organization.


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The Journey to an Injury Free Workplace: 4 Key Considerations

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

More and more, I hear organizations setting higher safety goals for their workforces, using terms to describe them as Zero Harm or Injury Free. Some go as far as sending leaders offsite for days to safety commitment workshops. There they must articulate their commitment to lofty safety goals, returning as enlightened safety emissaries.


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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?


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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? 


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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


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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.


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'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.


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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.  


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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


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