Archives for September 2014

Cooking Up a (Fire)storm

Even more useful than knowing just the right sauce or the perfect way to sauté vegetables is developing some common sense around cooking. This means learning how to prevent stovetop and oven fires. Of all the causes for home fires and injuries in the home, cooking is the number one culprit. Everyone needs to eat, […]

Jockeying for a Safety Management Plan

Coming up with a safety management plan for a jockey is no bed of roses. A man weighing a little over a hundred pounds who regularly sets about controlling a half-ton horse, while trying to gain the lead in a pack of equally proportioned horses and riders. There have been 128 riders killed during races […]

“You want ME to lead the safety meeting?!” Turning Front-Line Employees into Safety Leaders

There’s a maxim that we mentioned in another article in this series that goes like this: “No one disagrees with their own ideas.”  There we suggested that instead of telling them how to be safe on the job, if we ask them open-ended questions about how they plan to be safe–getting them to actively think […]

The Serious Business of Safety

Children watching a big office building going up might see a construction site as a giant sandbox with adults at play. Danger happens when the workers get the same idea and engage in horseplay. Practical jokes and roughhousing are natural among a group of workers, mostly men, doing a hard job together day after day. […]

Taking Precautions, Saving Lives

9/11 seems so long ago, and yet it seems like yesterday. One hero that day was Rick Rescorla. He was the security officer for Morgan Stanley, the financial giant that occupied 22 floors in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Mr. Rescorla insisted on repeated evacuation drills and other precautions for all employees, […]