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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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Hazard/Risk

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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Compliance

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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Hazard/Risk

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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Execution

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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Hazard/Risk

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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Hazard/Risk

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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Hazard/Risk

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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Execution

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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Execution

Missing The Obvious

Over the first decade of manned spaceflight in the US, no human life was lost in space. In managing risk, there no greater success story…

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The Injury Triangle

The Injury Triangle© is such a simple model of what it takes to get hurt. Here’s a case when person and the object are stunningly obvious. As to where the energy came from….

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Look Out!

This month Paul shares his experience around hazard recognition and lists. He explores the nature of hazard recognition challenges and leaves us with some Darn Good Advice and a suggestion for a better way.

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Asking “Where?”

When the time comes to look for the hazards that can hurt you, where do you look? Without giving that question a lot of thought, you might answer…

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Problems: Big and Small

This month Paul dives into problems big and small. He explores the nature of problems and how we think about them, then leaves us with some Darn Good Advice.

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Life Critical Safety Rules

Does your operation have life critical safety rules? Many do, for things like suspended loads, elevated work and entering confined spaces. When you don’t follow the rules for hazards like those…

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Changing Habits

This month Paul explores habits. Not just the changes we each have made in response to COVID 19 but more importantly the nature and value of habits related to sending people home alive and well at the end of the day. He investigates habits as they apply to managing risk and gaining compliance and leaves us with some Darn Good Advice.

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Habits

It’s now been more than 90 days since the world around us was transformed by a hazard so small as to be invisible to the human eye. The next time you fill out a…

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Stressed Out!

This month Paul dives into the stress we all are feeling. In this edition he talks about the assumptions, hypotheses, and facts we use to make decisions and the biases that influence and inform them. If you are a regular reader then you know Paul is going to pull it all together, share his perspective and offer some thoughts on how to leverage the lessons. Some Darn Good Advice.

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Safety Leadership In The Time of Covid

With all confusing, confounding and even contradictory things going on in the midst of the COVID crisis, the most important goal every leader has remains unchanged: seeing to it that everyone goes home, alive and well at the end of every single day.

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