SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

Improving Safety Behavior: The Power of Commitment & Consistency

Posted by  Brian Dishman

If I could brainwash employees into acting safer, how would I do it? Documented brainwashing techniques include isolating persons, repetitive messaging under stress, controlling information from outside sources, and creating doubts in their beliefs. That’s what cults do. It doesn’t sound pleasant or practical. There is probably a company rule against this sort of stuff. HR won’t like the mess. So, what can we do to improve our employees' commitment to safer behavior that doesn’t involve psychological torture?


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Knowing Your Safety Blind Spots Under Pressure Helps Keep You Safe

Posted by  David Juristy

Bill goes over to his friend Tom’s house to watch the game. When he walks in he notices Tom has a bandage on each of his ears. Puzzled, he asks him what happened.

  • Bill: How exactly did you manage to hurt both your ears?

  • Tom: Well, I was ironing my shirt when the phone rang; without thinking I lifted the iron to my ear thinking I was answering the phone.

  • Bill: Well that explains one bandage, what about the other?

  • Tom: They called me back!


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Q&A: Making Safety Personal at the Port of Corpus Christi Authority

Posted by  Shawn Wilhelm

On June 1st, 2017, we held a safety webinar: Making Safety Personal at the Port of Corpus Christ Authority: A Case Study. By the end of the webinar, we had plenty of great questions and comments. However, we ran out of time before being able to answer all of them. We took note of all of the questions received, and answered them down below. 


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Making Safety Personal at the Port of Corpus Christi Authority

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

If you’re honest with yourself, where is your company currently in terms of its safety journey?

  • What does your safety management system look like?

  • What type of leading indicators does your organization use to assess risk?

  • Are you mostly using traditional approaches and tools that look at external risk?

  • How does your safety management system account for individual differences in attitudes or abilities that impact safety?


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Is Your Hands-Free Device Making You a Safer Driver? Research Says No

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

We’ve all done it at some point in the past, and my bet is, some of you reading this post still do it fairly often. That’s right – talking on your mobile phone while driving. By now, the research is now pretty clear – driving while talking on the phone significantly decreases attention and increases the risk of vehicle accidents. It has joined alcohol and speeding as the leading factors in fatal and serious vehicle crashes, and it puts you at four times greater risk of a vehicle crash. Yet I am constantly surprised at how many people still believe they can talk on the phone safely while driving because they use a hands-free device.


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The Power of "WHY" When Communicating Employee Safety

Posted by  Brian Dishman

Which of these two employee safety signs do you find more persuasive? I’ll tell you how I feel when I look at them. I mostly follow rules, so I like to think I wouldn’t touch the sign on the left. As for the sign on the right… Not only would I not touch it, I would feel very uncomfortable being in the same room as that sign. Get me away from it! These two signs could hang on the same type of machine. Both signs want me to comply. However, for me, one of them is more persuasive. The one on the right gives me an almost physical reaction. Why is that?


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Why You Shouldn't Rationalize Unsafe Behavior

Posted by  David Juristy

In August of 2015, tragedy struck at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. James A. Young, a special education teacher from East Canton, Ohio lost his phone and wallet while riding the roller coaster called the Raptor. While the coaster was still in operation, James was struck and killed attempting to retrieve his items after he jumped the fence surrounding a restricted area.

This event was as tragic as it was preventable, and all the more reason we need be aware of our SafetyDNA and those drivers that guide us to make snap decisions when under pressure or stress is applied.


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Differences between External and Internal Factors of Employee Safety [Video]

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

We're publishing our first ever Safety Perspectives vlog today! Esteban Tristan, Ph.D., Director of Safety Solutions at Select International takes a moment to discuss the differences between the external and internal factors of employee safety, and why it's important for organizations to understand and focus on both to reduce at-risk behavior in the workplace.


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Safety Leadership is a Continuous Process

Posted by  Craig White

A friend of mine who works for a large grocery store chain recently told me about the fallout from a safety incident that occurred in one of its Louisiana stores last year. An hourly-paid employee slipped on a spill while carrying product to a shelf and cracked his skull when he hit the floor, nearly dying from the injury. Thankfully the employee has made a full recovery, but all the local media attention about the incident prompted the company’s top management to implement a new safety program. You might think that this was a good move on the part of the organization to reduce the safety risks in their stores, but what my friend had to say made me think otherwise.


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Do Safety Catch Phrases Work?

Posted by  Brian Dishman

You see so much of it you forget it’s there. The signage with safety phrases, clichés, and platitudes. If you work at an industrial job-site then you’ve probably seen all the variations. The challenge to personal commitment

  • Stand up for safety

  • Safety starts with me

  • Safety: first, last, & always


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