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Safety Critical Elements: Check, and Double-Check

There are just a few conditions that if left unchecked can lead to a serious outcome. What are these for your work team?

This past week here in Oklahoma a young lady lost her life skydiving.  Preliminary questioning leads all… Continue reading

What! Focus on Safety?! Really?!!

Every time the news comes on we are faced with another horrific act in the world that takes lives and causes unrest.  Personnel are asked to conduct business and focus on not getting hurt.  With all the crazy stuff happening,… Continue reading

Safety Leadership: Speak-up, Speak Straight But, Think Before You Speak

When leadership avoids the obvious issues, followers lose confidence in leadership.  Leaders must be slow to speak and take time to consider how their words will be received.  Moreover, we must all practice patience before we speak.
When a leader… Continue reading

Who Is Responsible for Safety Morale? Part 1 – Executives: Safety Starts at the Top

It is not unusual for me to hear from people throughout an organization from the top executive to the functional level say that safety morale needs improvement. What do they mean?

Let’s begin by understanding what morale is.  According to… Continue reading

Contract Employer and Host Employers… Who is Responsible for Safety?

by Carl Potter, CSP

It used to be that corporations with high-risk (to employees) environments would hire a contractor to conduct work to reduce their exposure to increased injuries on certain jobs - those days are gone.  In today’s business environment it is… Continue reading

Target ZERO Injuries – Yes You Can!

We have been on this zero-injury trek for more than a few years and many supervisors and managers are tired of chasing the goal.  Some are saying, “Is it the best goal?”  “Is it a goal we can ever reach?”  “If people keep making… Continue reading

Safe Boating Week Information and Checklist Video

Just in time to raise safety awareness for the Memorial Day celebration, Carl Potter offers you the following information from the U.S. Coast Guard and a video to use on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week to raise safety… Continue reading

Learn, Apply, Practice, and Create a Habit

Safety habits can be either good or bad.  You have heard it said before about an individual, “They have poor safety habits,” or “They have good safety habits.”  When supervisors, team leads, or co-workers don’t say something to someone who… Continue reading

Safety Leadership: Are You Walking Down?

“Walk-down” – just what does that phrase mean?  According to the Urban Dictionary, it means to “get out of the car and go on foot.”   Other definitions include “going down a street on foot”, “going further than ever before.”  These definitions imply… Continue reading

Unidentified Device is an Unidentified Hazard

While conducting safety walk-throughs with clients many times we will find an isolation device such as a valve, switch, or flange that has been disabled for maintenance or retirement of a piece of equipment.  Many times we find tags that… Continue reading