Managing Safety Performance News

Hazard/Risk

Recognizing What Can Hurt Us

You’re driving a truck. On a narrow, one-way street, eastbound on a beautiful late summer morning. Your route calls for you to make a right turn…

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Hazard/Risk

Stopping The Job

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul examines making stop work decisions at work and the critical importance of that decision. Oh, yes, the client stopped the work and canceled the class in Houston. Our teacher did go to Salt Lake City so the client, in a Harvey-free area did not need to stop the work. Our teacher on the river stopped the work and headed to Fort Worth. Paul will give you some suggestions about making your stop work decisions.

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Hazard/Risk

Safe to Go?

When a traffic light turns green, how many people actually take the time think about the choices?

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Execution

Forward!

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul shares his thoughts on making real change occur. Sure, from time to time change has a lot of different names, but change by another name is still change. Humor aside, making change in the direction of sending people home alive and well at the end of every day is pretty darn important and Paul has some darn good advice on making that happen.

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Hazard/Risk

Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the many tough safety challenges every leader faces. Part of the problem is that the sources – or root causes – of fatigue don’t just come from one place.

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Execution

Safety & Process Improvement: Synergy In Motion

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News you’re in for a treat: one of our teachers and consultants is writing about something else he knows very well: what’s known in the business as “Lean Six Sigma.” In addition to teaching about managing safety performance, our Bill Wilson has been teaching about business process improvement for years. Despite the appearances, it turns out both subjects have a lot in common.

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Leadership

Anecdotes

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul reflects on some of the great leaders he has met during his working career and his time teaching leaders like you. He shares some of the stories he heard or was a part of when they occurred. Paul’s cleverness was not only being a great observer but also having a great memory for details and being good at analyzing them for what he can learn.

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Hazard/Risk

How Big a Problem Is Complacency?

At the organizational level, there are plenty of examples that suggest it’s a big problem. NASA’s Challenger and Columbia disasters and industrial accidents like …

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Leadership

Invisible Work

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul explores different ways to think about leadership when it comes to safety. He reflects on thinking from some of the best books on management and leadership and finishes with a most interesting view of leadership when it comes to sending people home alive and well at the end of the day.

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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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Factoring In The Human

Imagine your momentary queasiness as you start reading…US Airways 1549. You immediately know what that is about and have a pretty good idea Captain Sully has something to do with it. This month Paul examines the human factor when things go bump in the night…or the Hudson River.

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Certain

Being sure. Thinking you’re sure. Acting as though you are sure. We do it all the time. In one sense, it’s impossible not to. To live a normal life, you have to….

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The Power of Example

This month Paul examines the power of example, the power of the examples of leaders. Mimicking or copying the behaviors of others is inbred in us from the time we are young. We do it almost without thinking. If that is true then as a leader it is a powerful way to get people doing what you want them to do.

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