Awakenings

Wordsmyth.net defines awakening as a “coming to keen awareness”.

The below articles are “awakenings” Dave Weber (our founder) has realized during his 43 year safety career.

Archive for Awakenings

Safety Awakening – “Who’s On Your Mount Rushmore Of Safety?”

June 18, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Who’s On Your Mount Rushmore Of Safety?”

    If someone decided to build a new Mount Rushmore National Memorial that featured the four greatest influences on occupational safety and health, whose faces would you like to see enshrined in stone for all time?  Below are my picks: Dan Petersen – is known as the father of modern safety management.  Dan was the first to […]

Safety Awakening – “The 5 Greatest Influences On The Safety Profession In The Last 50 Years”

May 29, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “The 5 Greatest Influences On The Safety Profession In The Last 50 Years”

    I’ve been a safety professional for over forty years, and I first started working in factories and construction sites in the 1960’s.  Today’s workplace and today’s safety professionals are very different then they were 50 years ago.  Below are the five greatest influences I’ve seen on the safety profession in the last 50 […]

Safety Awakening – “Blood & Gore Has It’s Place”

April 17, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Blood & Gore Has It’s Place”

   “Blood & Gore Has It’s Place”   I strongly believe in using “blood and gore” to motivate employees!  The two oldest safety meetings that I can remember both involved seeing the gory aftermath of accidents. 41 years ago I saw a safety movie that showed a hospital ward in India devoted to treating villagers […]

Safety Awakening – “Going Above And Beyond The Standards”

April 13, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Going Above And Beyond The Standards”

    Most countries have established occupational safety and health regulations.  These standards are based upon extensive research and are often a response to excessive accidents. Complying with safety regulations is of course a legal mandate, but don’t stop there – sometimes the standard doesn’t go far enough or is outdated.  Ask yourself, “Does compliance […]

Safety Awakening – “We’re NOT The Safety Police”

March 27, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “We’re NOT The Safety Police”

   “We’re NOT The Safety Police”   The Safety Manager is a member of the management team.  As such, you have a responsibility to enforce company work and safety rules.  The big question is not – should you enforce rules; but rather – “how” should you enforce rules? Decades ago, safety managers would carry disciplinary forms with them […]

Safety Awakening – “What If Your Audience Knows More Than You?”

March 20, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “What If Your Audience Knows More Than You?”

  “What If Your Audience Knows More Than You?”   Early in my safety career I lived in Dubuque Iowa.  As a young safety consultant I was frequently asked to speak to groups of employees about various safety subjects. One of my clients was a trucking company.  An analysis of their vehicular accidents found that […]

Safety Awakening – “Beware Of Friday The 13th”

March 13, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Beware Of Friday The 13th”

  “Beware Of Friday The 13th”   I’m not superstitious, but I am aware that some of you are a bit wary of Friday the 13th. One large study by a major insurance company found that 28% of their workers compensation claims occurred on Fridays.  But why would more accidents happen on Fridays than any […]

Safety Awakening – “Don’t Always Accept The Status Quo”

February 27, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Don’t Always Accept The Status Quo”

  “Don’t Always Accept The Status Quo”   As a safety professional, you will often hear “well, we’ve always done it this way and no one’s been hurt yet!“ When doing a risk analysis you look at not only the past accidents and near misses, but you also evaluate the “potential” for a serious accident. In the […]

Safety Awakening – “Show Them You Care”

February 20, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Show Them You Care”

  “Show Them You Care”   Developing and maintaining a good working relationship with employees is an important part of every safety manager’s job. Employees don’t want to hear you talking about “reducing accident rates”, or worse yet “controlling accident costs”.  Such discussions will make them think that you only care about statistics and money, and […]

Safety Awakening – How To Make A Machine “Invisible” To Safety Inspectors

February 13, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – How To Make A Machine “Invisible” To Safety Inspectors

  How To Make A Machine “Invisible” To Safety Inspectors   OSHA suggests that if you find a dangerous or defective piece of equipment or machinery an acceptable method of addressing it is to either place either a “Do Not Use” or an Out Of Service” tag on it. Placing an Out Of Service tag on a […]

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