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 – “There’s No Substitute For Experience”

November 21, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “There’s No Substitute For Experience”

  “When it comes to safety, there’s no substitute for experience”   – Many years ago I worked with a large trucking company.  They hauled grain and other products around the Midwest ( a very flat part of the USA). They were presented with a new business opportunity that involved hauling lumber to the west […]

Safety Awakening – “Safety Means Tough Love”

November 14, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Safety Means Tough Love”

  – Being a safety advocate means making decisions and choices that are not always popular.  Last week I heard about an unfortunate accident that reinforced this point. A female office employee at a metals manufacturer had a small piece of metal that she wanted to cut on the metal shear in the shop.  She […]

Safety Awakening – “What” Is Right Trumps “Who” Is Right

November 7, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “What” Is Right  Trumps  “Who” Is Right

  “What” Is Right Trumps “Who” Is Right – In my 40-year safety career, I’ve had many interactions with OSHA inspectors.  Also, for five years I worked for a division of OSHA and performed hundreds of inspections. One thing I learned from these experiences was that OSHA inspectors are not perfect – they sometimes make […]

Safety Awakening – “Post-Incident Refresher Training”

October 31, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Post-Incident Refresher Training”

  –“Post-Incident Refresher Training” – The time immediately after employees are injured are when they are usually most receptive to safety training.  Employees should be reintroduced to a full refresher of pertinent training topics once they are stabilized and can return to the work-site. Employees are more receptive to the message of safety training once […]

Safety Awakening – “Be A Safety Champion”

October 24, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening  – “Be A Safety Champion”

  “Be A Safety Champion”    Workers’ safety has always been a sacred priority for me.   At a young age, I saw relatives seriously and permanently injured in on on-the-job accidents.  I’ve seen first hand the effect workplace  injuries and illnesses can have on a working class family. As a safety professional,  you must […]

Safety Awakening – “Safety During A Union Strike”

October 17, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Safety During A Union Strike”

  “Safety During A Union Strike” – In my 40-year safety career I’ve been the EHS manager at a number of union companies.  In two cases the union and management were unable to successfully renegotiate their contracts and strikes ensued.  One labor strike was with the “United Steelworkers” union in the USA, it lasted three […]

Safety Awakening – “Everyone Is Perfect”

October 10, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Everyone Is Perfect”

  “Everyone Is Perfect” – A few years ago I was in a meeting with a senior OSHA official.   He had visited the company where I was the EHS Director at to investigate a fatality. The investigator asked me if I’d ever given safety training to the deceased employee – I said “Yes”. The […]

Safety Awakening – “Not Enough Employees”

October 3, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Not Enough Employees”

  “Not Enough Employees” – An under-rated cause of employee accidents is employers not having enough employees to do the job. Management of course always wants to hold down the number of employees as much as possible to reduce this operating expense.  Often in their push to control head count, they go too far and end […]

Safety Awakening – “Learn Spanish”

September 19, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Learn Spanish”

  “Learn Spanish” – I am sometimes asked by young safety students and unemployed safety professionals  “What can I do to increase my chances of finding a good safety job?”  My response is “Learn Spanish!” More and more manufacturing companies and construction companies are hiring Hispanic workers.  For many, their entire workforce speaks only Spanish. […]

Safety Awakening – “Compliance Isn’t Good Enough”

September 12, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Compliance Isn’t Good Enough”

  “Compliance Isn’t Good Enough” – Compliance with governmental safety standards should be considered the minimum baseline requirement.   Progressive companies that truly care about the safety and health of their employees will go beyond the governmental requirements and provide even greater protection to their employees. How does one go about finding more protective standards?  Check with your counterparts […]

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