SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

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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How Gray Areas in Your Safety Policies Affect Employee Safety

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Does your company have any safety policies or procedures that are somewhat unclear or ambiguous? Are there certain safety rules that are interpreted somewhat differently depending on the situation, or who you talk to? If so, you probably have some safety policies that have “gray areas” and you’re certainly not alone. Many safety professionals and employees I talk to in different industries deal with this and it can be challenging.


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Reduce Workers' Compensation Claims With Effective Employee Screening

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

Maintaining a safe workplace is a crucial goal of most organizations, especially in industries where hazards are commonplace. In the manufacturing industry, keeping worker’s safe is a never-ending job and a considerable amount of effort is expended to minimize unsafe situations. When injuries and safety incidents do occur, the costs are considerable for both the worker and the employer. It’s in everyone’s best interest for workers to stay safe and healthy!


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The Next Step to Improving an Already Strong Safety Culture

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

I was recently doing some development training for a global manufacturing company with a large presence here in North America. Overall, this organization has a great safety culture and has a pretty comprehensive safety management system. Not surprisingly, their TRIR (Total Recordable Incidence Rate) is currently below 1.0. However, they are actively looking for steps to get to 0.5 or lower and take the next step in terms of their safety journey.

In preparation for my training, I was reviewing some of their incident reports from the past year and noticed a similar trend. Regardless of the department where it occurred, the nature of the event, or the employee’s experience level, none of the injuries were due to any safety rule violations. In addition, they all tended to occur on tasks that were rare or unexpected. In some of the incidents, investigations revealed that there were actually no documented procedures for how to safely complete one of the steps in the process because it was rare or had such little risk associated with it. Simply put, these were not simple, garden variety safety incidents. They were more complex, and had various potential precursors related to anything from ergonomics to training to equipment maintenance.


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4 Simple Safety Behaviors That Put You at Risk on Ladders

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Every year, falls from height are a leading cause of fatalities and serious injuries, according to OSHA statistics. A large percentage of these falls are from ladders, which are so common on worksites. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that over 40% of fatal workplace falls involve ladders, and in the Construction industry, this number goes all the way up to 80%.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that ladder safety is a frequent and critical topic for safety professionals in any industry. From the type of ladder, to proper placement and usage, there are various aspects to consider. So if there is so much information out there about ladder safety, why are there still so many ladder-related injuries?


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3 Reasons Why Contractors Often Fail at Safety

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

A few years ago I was touring a coal mine in Australia as part of a project to help improve employee safety. We were just about to wrap up our tour when a small truck sped past us on the dirt road, leaving us in a large, billowing cloud of dust. I couldn’t help but comment to the Mine Superintendent, who was our tour guide, “Wow – seemed like he was going pretty fast, huh?” He immediately responded, “Yeah, that’s that (expletive) contractor again. The speed limit is 40 km per hour on this road! We’ve already talked to them twice about that.”


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12 Days of Christmas Safety [Infographic]

Posted by  Mark Rogers

Usually, we focus on workplace safety in this blog, but with Christmas coming up, we thought it would be a good time to remind everyone about the safety hazards that can occur at home. Many people are off of work and spending more time with family over the next few weeks. That extra time at home can lead to different hazards that you might not have thought of. 

Here are a few examples:

  • Make sure your outdoor lights are actually meant for outdoor use.

  • Have you checked all of your smoke alarms in your house?

  • Don't overload electrical circuits or extension cords.

The infographic below comes from Creative Safety Supply, and is a great reminder of how to keep yourself and your family safe while at home for the holidays.


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