Managing Safety Performance News

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Knowing the Hazards

Here’s today’s question about hazards: things that can hurt you.

Think back in time to all the times you got hurt – including the minor cuts and scrapes, bumps and bruises, and the close calls where you almost got hurt…

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Leadership

A Real Safety Leader

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News, as you rightly assumed, Paul has turned over the reins to one our consultants, Wayne Pignolet. Wayne shares his story about deers and safety leadership.

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Danger: Falling Objects

Some companies have a rule about working under a suspended load: in a word, DON’T.

Every company safety rule on the planet exists for a simple reason: something bad happened, and the rule will make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Safe to Assume?

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News, as you probably assumed, Paul discusses the assumptions we all make… and don’t assume you know what he is going to say. You might be surprised.

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Assuming That

When it comes to our personal safety – at work and at home – we make a huge number of assumptions about things and people every day. Little ones and big ones.

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Compliance

Common Practice

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News, Paul starts with an investigation into a fatality, sure there’s a lot to learn about getting meaningful investigation findings, but don’t stop there this is really about navigating a very large ship, in a very narrow channel, with lots of cross current and other traffic — changing direction. In the end it is about getting great safety performance. They say there is no silver bullet for getting great safety results, that may be true, but there are a few key fundamental things that are the difference that make the difference. Paul reveals them this month. I’ll be interested to hear what you think after you finish “Common Practice”.

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Hazard/Risk

Victims of Culture

Culture is best defined as “the way things really are around here.” That means every operation everywhere in the world has a safety culture.

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Compliance

On The Road – Again

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News, from a restaurant in Siberia, Paul examines the differences and similarities of the challenges supervisors and managers face leading people to work safe the world over, including one very important challenge.

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Hazard/Risk

Good Questions

In our classes, we like to ask Darn Good Questions. Here are a few that you might want to answer – or, even better, ask others.

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Safe Spaces?

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul examines the case of a self-driving car and cyclist—actually a cyclist walking her bike across the street. You might have read the headlines. Below the headlines there is a lot to learn and take back to the shop floor to make sure every one goes home alive and well at the end of each and every shift. By the way, when I started to read Paul’s article I did not see his take on the lessons to be learned coming at all.

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Sage Advice

In this edition Paul shares a few thoughts about experience, wisdom, and a Wyoming State Trooper’s advice on avoiding tragedy.

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Working For A Living

This month Paul examines what happens when the right things aren’t done to make sure the hazards do no harm. He examines the case of Jacob Dean and how the decisions, not just of Jacob, led to a tragedy. There are many lessons to be learned from this case regardless of where you work or what you do that can make the difference between going home alive and well at the end of the day or not going home at all. The Case for Safety depends on doing the right thing.

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Things Went Awry

This month Paul examines what happened on the set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He finds several very important lessons for us to apply where we work when things go differently than the planned or expected course.

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Paying Attention

In this edition Paul discusses two important places to look for hazards, as well as an incident to illustrate the point. You might be surprised by the connection.

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Rules: Resistance and Enforcement

This month Paul looks at some recent very public cases where change was mandated and some cases where compliance has been resisted.  Paul draws out some key learnings that every leader responsible for making change happen needs to understand. 

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Regarding Enforcement

When it comes to enforcing the rules, most leaders don’t enjoy making people follow the rules.

So, what if we just hit the easy button, making following the safety rules an option instead of a requirement?

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The Face of the Company

This month Paul explains why inverting the organizational pyramid is critical to understanding who the most important member of management is when it comes to getting things done and sending people home alive and well at the end of the day.

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Comparing Hazards

This month Paul looks at how we perceive the relative risk of hazards, as well as the process we use to determine which ones require the most attention.

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Your Legacy

This month Paul asks “What would you like your legacy to be?” You might be tempted to think this is just life advice and has little to do with what you do at work. You would be wrong. Paul holds up the legacy of one of the great leaders he met during his career who left a lasting impression on Paul. The lessons are important if you want to make a difference sending people home alive and well at the end of each and every day.

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Saying Something

It’s a rule anyone who’s ever learned to change a tire knows well: before jacking up a vehicle, put it in park and set the parking brake. For good measure, chock the wheels…

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