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Hazard/Risk

A Simple Task

If there is one good thing to be said about the hazards all of us are regularly exposed to as we make a living, it is this: people are hard targets to hit. It takes a lot for the stars to align…

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Leadership

Not On My Shift!

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News, Paul looks back to the lessons learned on his last trip of the year that included developing a new teacher for Balmert Consulting in Germany. But that is not the story, not this month.

This month Paul finds safety leadership in the most unusual place and follows the thread back fifty years to his first boss and the plant manager.

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Hazard/Risk

No Laughing Matter!

Safety is serious business, but that hasn’t stopped some from poking fun at the way those of us who work for a living get hurt. Before he became famous as a Cajun chef….

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Information, Please!

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News, Paul describes role-modeling a successful technique used by Malcom Forbes. In our circles, we have a familiar name for the practice. You can read about it in his book, Alive And Well, or you can come to one of our open enrollment sessions and learn it first hand from Paul, who certainly practices what he preaches.

This month Paul also discusses some basic principles to measure safety performance. They can be found in more detail in the chapter, Measuring Safety Performance. It’s the longest chapter in his book.

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Hazard/Risk

Ranking Hazards

If you’re someone who works with your hands, on the list of hazards you face doing your job, how high would you rank Power Tools? …….

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Hazard/Risk

Failure To Learn?

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News, Paul examines the problem of failing to learn and there is a lesson we should not fail to learn. He focuses on the real problem of the perception of risk, aka, probability.

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Hazard/Risk

Assumptions

We make assumptions all the time. When it comes to safety, we routinely rely on those assumptions to keep ourselves safe. In the vast majority of cases, no harm comes from doing that.

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Compliance

Clickit – Or What?

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News, Paul shares the experience of 1 of the 7.7 billion. A person who had an impact on 139 fellow passengers during one of Paul’s recent trips. It got Paul thinking. I asked Paul if he was sure about running a “go” story and he said, “This story is one filled with things to be observed and learned. All you have to do is to look and pay attention.” Turns out Paul’s message is not really about “the go”, but critical lessons about compliance for sending people home alive and well at the end of the day and it does not require air freshener.

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Hazard/Risk

Click It or ….?

Not all safety rules are followed the way they’re supposed to be. Board an airplane, and there is one that is followed 100% of the time.  Every single time a flight takes off.

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Execution

Hazard Recognition: What’s the Problem?

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News, Paul turns his attention to diagnosing the problem of hazard recognition. You could attribute Kettering’s quote, above, to my father or Paul. Both masters of — solve the right problem! Sometimes you have to think differently, they did/do. When it comes to hazard recognition Paul’s message is critical to sending people home alive and well at the end of the day.

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A Simple Job

This month Paul examines lessons learned from a fatality doing a “Simple” clean-up job at a restaurant. The discussion is central to understanding how we perceive hazards and take risks. He provides some very interesting insight into the things that can get someone hurt, hurt seriously, or worse.

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Ever Vigilant

Recognizing what can hurt you is a constant and never-ending process. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you happen to be doing, you need to be on the lookout for what can hurt you.

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Earbud Nation

This month Paul examines lessons learned from a highway construction fatality where earbuds were involved. The discussion is central to understanding hazards and risk both personally and for those you work with. This may be the most important newsletter that Paul has written and he has written a lot of good ones.

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Fatal Assumptions

Making assumptions may make work and life easier, but it does not make life and work safer. In fact, it often works in exactly the opposite way.

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Work Done Here

This month Paul examines lessons learned from improvised tools and work methods where the odds of a hazard are a lot higher and there is a potential for creative problem solvers to be taking too much risk.

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Improvisation

Sometimes solutions are the stuff of genius. But not every one of those solutions turns out to be great – or safe. Here’s just such a case. 

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Go – or Stop?

This month in Go —or Stop? Paul examines lessons learned from another first day on the job in industry. This one went totally different than my first day but also made a lasting impression and offers some very important lessons not to be soon forgotten.

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Asking “Should?”

Brand new to the world of industry, it’s your first day on the job. You’ve been given your first assignment: a seemingly simple clean up task. Having been given no training, getting ready to start…

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Managing Risk: The Right Stuff

This month in Managing Risk: The Right Stuff Paul examines lessons learned about managing risk in the space program. He provides four very important lessons that need to be understood about risk and sending people, to the moon and/or home alive and well at the end of each and every day.

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