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Category Archives: accident

Do You Take Protective Steps In The Office?

Today my friend Teresa posted the following on Twitter: Accidents are never funny. And the picture of the broken chair can give you an idea of how serious this could have been. I immediately tweeted her back asking why she didn’t routinely check her chair. “I need to do that?” she wondered. I’ve worked aroundContinue Reading

When Management Makes Safety Decisions

As part of job interviews, I ask candidates to tell me about a time when their supervisor required them to do something they truly considered unsafe. I want to know what they did about it. Did they refuse until there were adequate precautions? Did they grumble and just carry on, compounding the issue by havingContinue Reading

Luck and Lottery – Conclusion

In Part 1 and Part 2, I was explaining the relationship of chance-taking and outcome. Specifically, we wait in line to buy tickets for highly improbable though favorable outcomes (lottery), and we take chances on unfavorable outcomes because we think they are highly improbable (many other aspects of our lives). We do the former outContinue Reading

Could You Drive From the Right?

Coming home from work today, I was behind this car in Atlanta traffic, and it struck me that there would be a number of challenges facing even the most experienced driver if they were to find themselves behind the wheel. Turning would be different. You could easily underestimate the position of the car now thatContinue Reading

Signage – Do We Care About the Font?

You may have heard the story at the end of September that a Federal mandate is requiring that all street signs be changed to a font called “Clearview” and that signs are not ALL CAPS. The reason is simple enough – the easier a sign is to read, the less a driver’s attention is takenContinue Reading

The Moment of Choice

In this blog I try and present ideas that would give people an opportunity to discuss options, to make choices. Everything we do is decisionable, and we are frequently on autopilot. But if we learn to make the best decisions with each action we take, when the moment of decision is quick we will haveContinue Reading

Avoiding the Birds

On a Weekend Update Thursday edition last week, the Saturday Night Live team came up with a pretty funny story about Captain Sully Sullenberger returning to the cockpit. Sully is now famous for his emergency landing of a USAir flight in the Hudson River. In case you don’t know the details, birds were sucked intoContinue Reading

Do You Motivate With Fear or Reward?

I like a good safety incentive as much as the next person. Although I haven’t kept them all, I would guess I have received dozens of items ranging from imprinted pens, flashlights, and portfolios to jackets, gift cards and parking spaces. Each one of them was designed to be a reminder of the importance ofContinue Reading

Unemployment Hearing or Funeral?

Several weeks ago, I wrote about a Culture of Challenge. This is a concept of an open organization where it is OK, or even required, to confront actions which you think could be done more safely. A corresponding attribute needed in a culture of challenge is Courage. It might not seem to be a braveContinue Reading

A Motive For Safety

A friend of mine recently complained that the phrase “Our employees are our most valuable asset” is among the most overused in business today. After thinking about that, along with the references to “human capital”, I had to disagree. It appears overused, but in reality it is misused. Too many bosses think it is anContinue Reading