SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

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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How Our Innate Safety Traits Can Predict Human Error

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

When someone gets hurt, where does the problem lie? The human or the system? It’s in a safety professional's nature to seek the underlying cause of an event, but a more useful question to ask might be:


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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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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.


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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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You Don’t Want A Hungry Judge – How Self-Control Affects Safety Behavior

Posted by  Brian Dishman

Imagine you are in prison. Your application for parole is being reviewed today by a judge. What time of day do you want to have your application reviewed?

Think about your answer and hold onto it. We’ll revisit the question later…

Self-control. It's critical to safety behavior and important decision-making. When thinking of self-control, let’s focus closely on people’s ability to control emotions and desires in challenging situations. It’s a tricky effort.


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Reasons for Trying a Personal Approach to Safety Leadership

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

About a year ago we started working with a manufacturing company – one of their sites had been struggling with high incident rates for the previous couple of years. Their TRIR was significantly higher than the industry norm and they were having a significant issue with slips, trips and falls. When we began working with their leadership team, we realized that they had a great set of dedicated, seasoned supervisors, who had a strong work ethic and wanted to do the right thing. However, there was one problem – they didn’t necessarily have the strongest people skills. While this was apparent immediately upon meeting them, it was later confirmed when they completed a safety leadership assessment which measured their leadership style.


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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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