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Exploration is Never Done

compassAbout a week ago I brought up the idea of the safety warrior. This is the safety guy who works tirelessly against all things that threaten the safety of the employees he is charged with protecting.

The fact is, he can’t do it alone. He needs help.

One of the people who can provide help is the Explorer. You see, every advance in safety just creates a doorway to new possibilities. But if we wait for the next accident or injury before we explore – through investigations of what went wrong – it will be too late.

The safety explorer is looking beyond today and beyond the current solutions to see what else is possible. She brings ideas that others could not see because they are busy in the “now”. And that’s good, because someone has to take care of “now” as well. We can’t all be driving to the next destination.

Do you see yourself as the explorer? Are you looking to the horizon at what we haven’t yet learned and trying to figure it out, or are you busy commissioning the design for the safety tee shirt you want to give away to promote safety? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

It takes a diverse set of talents to make real progress. In the next few weeks I’ll introduce some to complement the warrior and the explorer.

Let’s be careful out there!

2 Responses to Exploration is Never Done

  1. KerryNo Gravatar says:

    In my experience, the most successful safety people are the ones who build strong relationships with line employees.

    Line employees are the ones doing the job day after day. Even if the safety person USED to do that job, his knowledge gets stale after a while. If he’s got strong relationships with the line, though, and spends enough time with them, he’s going to have the freshest view of how things really work (and how they can work better).

    So, I guess, part of being a warrior is making friends with the people who live in the town you’re fighting for. They know where the land mines are.

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    TimNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by and contributing, Kerry. Anyplace I’ve worked puts a lot of resposibility on one person to lead the effort for safety. If they are warriors in the way you described, that’s good. But the successful sites recruit a lot of employees into taking accountability for making safety a part of the way work gets done. Not an individual topic.

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