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  1. 1. Safety Meeting Starters(SMS) for August 2012Happy August! This month’s theme is about earning an ‘A.’ To learn more about how we canearn an ‘A’, read more.As always, Safety Meeting Starters contains tons of helpful and timely safety information tohelp you and your work group identify and control work hazards and raise safety awareness - -enjoy the material, and please share it with a friend, co-worker, staff member or supervisor.To inquire about Matt’s keynote presentations and seminars log onto’t wait for effective safety information, stay up to speed on the latest safety informationthrough Twitter - - ( or @safestrat).Order Now - - Available today! What Safety Leaders Do, The Insider’sHandbook for Safety Leadership Tips, Tactics, Secrets and Ideas, was releasedmid-April. One early commenter wrote; “We are all very busy, so if you want totake the time to read one book that will have the greatest impact on improvingyour safety program results, then you need to read What Safety Leaders Do.”Steve McKay, Willis Insurance Group.New Release discounts: use code GHDF4HQD and get $5.00 off per book, nolimits! To learn more and order: love your feedback - - send comments to again and pass this along! Remember, no one gets hurt today! God Bless, Matt. Matt Forck, CSP, JLW | | 573.999.7981
  2. 2. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 2S.A.F.E. (See Accidents Forever Eliminated) ™ at Work- A Motivational Safety Column!There is no Safety Maid!Since our children have been old enough to walk and carry a plate, we have hadone rule concerning dinner. That rule is; when finished at the dinner table theplate must be carried to the kitchen sink. It’s a small attempt to teach some sortof responsibility.Last week when dinner was over Nathan, age four, was complaining about astomach ache. Stephanie, my wife, offered to hold him in an effort to make that‘bad belly’ go away. She scooped him up and carried him a few steps into theliving room and the Lazy Boy recliner. There, the two rocked.Natalie, who is five, and I were finishing our dessert. Because her brother andmom were sitting close in the other room, she wanted to sit closer to me. So, Ipulled her chair over and side-by-side, we ate ice cream.It was at that point that Natalie realized that Nathan and mom had left the tablewithout carrying their plates to the sink. She looked around and said in herauthoritative five-year-old voice, “People! People, I am not your maid!” (I guessshe has heard that a time or two?)In safety, there is no safety maid. If we want it done, it’s up to us. From PPE tosafety rules to a job briefing, no one is going to carry our plates to the sink. Today,make sure we don’t leave anything on the table…carry that plate, it’s ourresponsibility.©20121-SafeStrat, LLC-All Rights Reserved Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  3. 3. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 3Safety Tidbits—the most information packed pages in safety!Quotes of the month: "Most people are not going after what they want. Even some of the most serious goal seekers and goal setters - theyre going after what they think they can get." Bob ProctorSafety Article:Do you have Safety With-it-Ness, safety article - - Safety Committee Coach - - get the most out of your investment! Free From Injuries; the Twitter Feed - - why wait for the end of the month Safety Meeting Starters when youcan get near real time safety updates from my Twitter feed! Join today; or @safestrat.Safety News from Recent TweetsMatt Forck @Safestrat Falling beam kills Santa Fe worker: Near Death At SeaWorld: Worldwide Exclusive Video via @HuffPostGreen OSHA investigator wraps up work at Lincoln Co. plant - WFXS, MyFoxWausau - News and Weather for Wausau, WI: Do you have safety with-it-ness? Wire/2012/07/Do-You-Have-Safety-Withitness.aspx … Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  4. 4. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 4Penalties Filed in Port Workers Crushing Death. …Kingston worksite shut after fatality … via @brisbanetimesMan sets house on fire after using blowtorch on spider webs | The Sideshow - Yahoo!News … via @YahooNewsDriving Skills...10 and 2 isnt todays wisdom; …2 Houston soccer players killed by lightning (what direction do you give your workerswho might be outside in a storm?) Chair Balloon Duo Abort Mission, Land Early …Pineville company cited by OSHA in death of employee …OSHA: No jurisdiction in teen’s death in Princeton, IL …OSHA not part of Keaschall investigation - - utility worker falls thru bottom of arial liftbucket; … via @KearneyHubOSHA investigating roofers fall. The article says safety devices would probably havesaved him! via @sharethisWe can never rely on luck! Do each job safe. …Boy killed by falling tombstone was helping dad … Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  5. 5. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 5 Boys lose fingers in fireworks accident accident/ … Great white shark following man in kayak - - are your people too comfortable to hazards? cape-cod-beach-reopens-sighting-photo-164529808--abc-news-topstories.html … High winds may have contributed to this fatal crane accident: She "pleaded for co-workers to cut her loose. It wasn’t until paramedics arrived that she was freed." Trapped construction worker rescued from trench in Edina | via @kare11 Plants first lost time incident is a fatality - - chester.html … via @twitterapi OSHA investigating workers death on UA campus - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports, classifieds: 2 children die after electric shock in Lake of Ozarks - - electrocution/ … Safety Meeting Starters, July 2012 via #constantcontactThe Safety Notebook: Sign up for the OSHA heat app at this link...pretty cool, no pun intended! Safety Duct Tape - - 72 minutes of safety material to recharge your batteries for only 99 cents! Tape/dp/B005Q2XQM6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1319715328&sr=1-1 Keep Going for Safety - - 16/issue-2/safe-at-work/keep-going-for-safety.html OSHA Quick Cards - - If you have not used OSHA quick cards before, then you will love this website. It’s a terrific reference for quick hit job briefings, safety awareness and safety meetings; Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  6. 6. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 6A note to leadership:Note; Steve McKay is a good friend and he shared this with me this month. Steveworks with a host of clients and sends timely advice to his senior leaders; this isone such email. I am sharing this with Steve’s permission. Also, share your safetymessages with me, and I can share with others; www.safestrat.comSubject: ThoughtGood Afternoon,I hope this finds you all well. As I have done from time to time I would like to share a thoughtwith you.I was just reading an article in MaineBiz on Goodwill Industries and their commitment tosustainability.In the article their new President and CEO, Anna Roosevelt stated that she has called uponGoodwills board to add a sustainable approach to company management and to the strategicplan, which means considering the impact of every decision on the environment, thecommunity and the bottom line.Your organizations strive every day to provide a safe work place and to protect the number oneasset of your organization, your employees. Yet, people are injured, and there are up anddowns in effectiveness of your loss prevention program. I would suggest asking yourselves thisquestion; Is Safety Truly Integrated into Everything We Do as an Organization? I suspectthe majority of you would answer no.Thus, I call on you to make the same call that Anna Roosevelt has made on her Board. Callupon your Board, your Executive Team and all your employees to make safety a sustainableapproach to the company management, to the strategic plan and when making every decisionin your organization ask yourselves how will this decision impact the safety of our employees.If you do this, you will take your organization from having a safety program to having safetyintegrated as part of the every day business.Thank you and I appreciate your time,Steve McKay, Willis Insurance Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  7. 7. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 7Available Now! Order today…What Safety Leaders Do – - The Insider’s Handbook forSafety Leadership Tips, Tactics, Secrets & IdeasToday there is a procedure for everything that is important. Yet,more than 99% of groups fail to have a road map for safetyleadership. The reason is that leadership is different. While mostof those other procedures are ‘one size fits all,’ safety leadershipis not. Each team, work group, and company has a differentculture, history, exposures and corporate structure which meansthere isn’t a cookie cutter mold to safety leadership. To besuccessful, each organization must customize their program to fittheir unique organization. To effectively ‘customize’ yourcompany’s safety leadership program, you first need access to allof the cutting edge leadership tactics, tips and secrets – - which isexactly what this book provides! Then, you can pick the ideas thatare right for your group; putting proven methods to work for you– - to get the results you have always aimed to achieve. 204pages/$19.95New Release discounts: use code GHDF4HQD and get $5.00 off per book, no limits!To learn more and order: or www.safestrat.comReviews are in: “I felt that Matt was speaking directly to me through this book. It not only identified many of the issues facing my companys safety challenges but also many that apply to me personally. We oftentimes over-complicate safety. Matt provides a very simple recipe for success. He not only identifies key weaknesses that most of us face but he provides ideas and solutions that could be implemented tomorrow." Bill Dampf, Manager, Safety and Training Utility Sector “I edit the writings of 100s of safety authors and Matt Forck is unique in his approach to safety leadership and saving lives. Matt makes safety reading easy with his humor, down to earth realism, and "from the frontlines" solutions. Matt has a sharp mind, big heart, and is "mission driven" to give safety professionals ideas and tools to build strong safety cultures, nurture strong effective safety leadership, and keep employees actively engaged in safety processes.” Dave Johnson, Chief Editor (since 1980), Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN) Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  8. 8. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 8ISMA-Involved Safety Meeting ActivityActivity: 31 -A Game of CardsEstimated Time: 30 MinutesMaterials Needed: Several Decks of CardsReference materials: See ISMA below:The ISMA:Divide your group into groups of four, set up a card tournament playing the fast paced cardgame ‘31.’ Here is how ‘31’ is played:Deal each player three cards, place the deck in the middle and turn over the top card. Eachplayer plays individually. Players count the value of matching suits. For example, if I am dealtan eight and nine of Hearts and a queen of Diamonds, I have 8 + 9 for 17 or I could count theDiamond by itself for ten points. Cards have to be in the same suit in order to be counted. Tensand face cards are ten points and aces are 11. Each player is given a turn and he/she musttake the top card (the one that’s turned over) or draw from the deck and then discard their cardon the ‘face up’ stack. The next player can take this discarded card or draw from the deck.Once you think your hand is good enough to beat those at your table, you knock. The remainingplayers have one more chance to draw before all players lay cards on the table. The player withthe highest value wins. The winner goes on to another table of other winners. Play until there isone winner. It’s a fast moving game.Those not playing in the ‘winners’ round can observe the game. Ask them to think about whatplayers are doing in order to win.The Take-a-ways:So, what do we do in order to win the card game ’31?’ Well, we knock when we think we canbeat everyone else’s hand at our table. Depending on a variety of factors, you might win a roundwith a score of twenty or it might take 31 to win. Unless we are holding a perfect hand of 31however, there is always that element of unknown, the fact is another player could draw theright card in the last round to beat you.In safety, it’s the same. We often do something (knock) knowing we have not eliminated all ofthe hazards from our job or as we say in ‘31’ we knock holding less then a perfect hand. We dothis because we think we can win. Yet, sometimes things happen beyond our control and welose a hand of cards or worse, we are injured on the job. In each job, eliminate all of thehazards. Make it a practice that you do not ‘knock,’ or begin work until all hazards are eliminated or effectively controlled. That way you know, you can’t be beat, you’re holding a perfect safety ’31.’ Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  9. 9. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 9Want 101 ISMAs? Check out ISMA (Involved Safety Meeting Activities—101Ways to Get Your PeopleIn Involved! at Matt’s website; Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  10. 10. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 10SPOT-M –(Safety Picture of the Month) Bon Appetite?A fall from even a lettuce container could hurt! Use theright tool for each and every job…now, let’s eat! (This photo was reportedlytaken by a customer in a fast food restaurant and routed on the internet).Choose in favor of your safety! Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  11. 11. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 11Tools for Pros!Leaders Who Score a High ‘A’ Get ResultsThe Art of Results through AcceptanceMatt Forck, CSP and JLW, www.safestrat.comIf you are reading this, it is highly likely that over the last twelve months you have written, orserved on a team that has written, a new policy. If you have been involved in the safety industryfor more than a decade it is highly likely that in addition to drafting a policy or two, you haveworked on a team that has written a safety strategy. If you and your strategy team were likemost organizations, the process of forming a new safety strategy, also called a safety process, isa big deal. Teams and sub-teams are often formed. Meetings are held with ideas and conceptswhite-boarded. Research is done to determine if templates are available and to find examplesof similar strategies. Consultants are often retained and best practices benchmarked. Piecesand parts of the strategy are written, rewritten, reviewed by the team, then seniormanagement, then approved. At the end of a long and grueling process the strategy teamworked hundreds of dedicated and hard spent hours producing a high quality strategy.Looking back on the strategy you worked on, how effective was it when implemented? Often,organizations spend a great deal of time, energy, resources and money on making a high qualitystrategy, yet once the strategy is implemented effectiveness and results are slow to materialize,and overall the strategy is not very effective. The reason that these strategies are not aseffective as they should be is leaders fail to understand a simple equation. Rajeev Peshawariain his insightful book titled Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders: The Three Essential PrinciplesYou Need to Become an Extraordinary Leader says that Q (quality) times A (acceptance) equalsE (effectiveness). In short, organizations often spend hours, months and sometimes years onquality of strategy but invest little on the acceptance side of the equation, leading to low resultsand frustration throughout the leadership team.The Equation - - Let’s spend just a moment looking further at this equation. Let’s assume thatwe are working on a scale from one to ten, with 10 equating to ‘most effective.’ If that is true,then our maximum effectiveness score would be 100 (10x10). Given the fact that manyorganizations retain safety professionals and spend considerable time on the writing of safetystrategies and policies, let’s assume a given safety strategy is drafted well, and scores a 7 forquality. If it is rolled out with a 3 for acceptance, our overall effectiveness score is 21. With ascore of 21, results are slow to materialize and the organization will quickly become frustrated.In these situations what do many organizations do? They rewrite their strategy! If the strategyis rewritten and now scores a 9, overall effectiveness is still only 27! Yet, if an organizationunderstands this equation, they can invest in acceptance, and the acceptance score climbs to asolid 6, effectiveness more than doubled, from 21 to 54 - - and the organization will start to net Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  12. 12. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 12some results. The question isn’t really about writing a solid strategy…given the time, resourcesand professionalism most organizations dedicate to that task, the score will be solid. Thequestion for effectiveness is what is your acceptance plan? These five steps can help.Write a formal acceptance plan - - When a company has a big announcement the publicrelations department will often draft a communications plan. This plan is a written documentoutlining all tactics to communicate the given announcement. First, the message will be refinedand packaged. Then, all communication channels (news media, earned media, TV and radio,social media, employee communications, etc.) will be identified and outlined in the plan. Next,all stakeholders will be identified and specific outreach determined for each key stakeholder.The plan is reviewed, then approved and executed. In political campaigns, an acceptance plan isthe same as a campaign plan.To gain acceptance of a new safety strategy, we need the same approach - - a formal writtenplan that outlines messages, training sessions, posters, key stakeholders, communicationchannels, time lines, training materials, etc. The acceptance plan should be an equal piece tothe strategy. Just as we have teams dedicated to writing the strategy, we need teams dedicatedto the acceptance plan. If we spend an hour on the strategy, our team should spend equal timeon building an acceptance plan. When we do this, we will be scoring well on effectiveness!Move ahead of the change curve -- In1973 Elisabeth Kubler Ross published abook called On Death and Dying. Thebook contains the now well-knownstages of grief. Those five stages aredenial, anger, bargaining, depressionand acceptance. The reason these areimportant? Within any changeinitiative, there are stages ofacceptance, not totally unlike the fivestages of grief.Most of the time, a new strategy is‘rolled’ out to the ‘shock’ of the largerorganization. Senior leaders andmanagers are surprised by thereaction of their employees. Yet, mostof the time if one will analyze this reaction you may find something interesting. Senior leadersand managers are the ones who lead change. And, for them to be articulating a new strategymeans that they have been aware of and working on this strategy for some time, maybe severalmonths. The point is that these senior leaders have forgotten that they reacted the same waywhen they first heard of the change. Yet, they have already transitioned through their stages oforganizational change. When rolling out the strategy, be aware of the cycle of change (see Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  13. 13. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 13chart). And, to be even more effective, bring in a team of informal leaders (rank and fileemployees who are perceived by their peers as leaders) and keep them abreast of the strategyas it is being developed. Then, when the roll out occurs, these key leaders will be in theunderstanding and acceptance phases of change, and able to help you gain acceptance.Be prepared for detractors - - All groups have C.A.V.E people - - C.A.V.E. stands for CitizensAgainst Virtually Everything! These are people who look for fault like there is some kind ofreward if they find it. They won’t like the new strategy and they aren’t afraid to tell you andthe entire work group about it. The problem is that these noisy few often get us off track. Thetruth is that most people in our companies understand that companies grow, new policies areissued, and things change. Most employees are open to this fact. When we are communicatinga new strategy our beloved C.A.V.E. people will try to throw us off our game. And, if we fall fortheir antics we fail to gain acceptance of the masses and we get low results. Yet, if we areprepared and have outlined how to deal with C.A.V.E. people they can actually help us gainacceptance instead of stealing our energy and message.John Kotter, in his eye-opening book called Buy-In; Saving Your Good Idea from Getting ShotDown, outlines the four types of arguments used by detractors, (C.A.V.E. people). These are,fear mongering, death by delay, confusion and ridicule/character assignation. Kotter assertsthat the conflict and question raised by our C.A.V.E . people can actually help us gainacceptance from the masses. He points out a simple formula for success. First, be prepared. (Isuggest preparing by reading Kotter’s book or one like it so that you and your team are on pointduring these employee town hall type events). To prepare, start by outlining all of the possiblearguments (from the main categories above). Then draft responses that are quick, to the pointand that play to the masses, not the C.A.V.E person. At all times, be respectful - -losing yourtemper or avoiding a question will lower the acceptance rate of the masses. When responding,address the entire room, not the CAVE person. These techniques can actually allow yourC.A.V.E people to help you gain acceptance!Measure effectiveness on both sides of the equation before revising either. So, your teamimplements the new strategy, yet results are slow to materialize. What do you do? Mostorganizations jump right back into the Q, or quality, side of the equation. This means that theywill reconvene teams to analyze and rewrite the strategy. I’m not against this approach but it isoften done without regard to the other variable, A, or acceptance. Policies do need to be re-written from time to time, and strategies need to be sharpened, but before getting the safetystrategy team back together for a reunion, work to determine the more specific causes ofineffectiveness. Some tools would include analyzing incident reports, employee surveys,interviews with employees and supervisors, observing and documenting (through a formalfeedback sheet or checklist) many of the strategy elements to determine if they are beingexecuted as intended in the strategy, etc. The point is that often strategies are rewritten whenit is the acceptance plan that needs attention. Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  14. 14. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 14Using Q x A = E can help us get results. Historically safety teams and companies have been verygood at Q. Yet this equation can help us understand that a great strategy is only half of theequation. If we want overall effectiveness, we need to have an acceptance plan that is acomprehensive as the strategy. Make your next safety strategy add up to results. Remember,scoring a high ‘A’ means you get results.Matt Forck, CSP and JLW, is a leading voice in worker safety. Matt leads SafeStrat, LLC, a safetykeynote and consulting services organization dedicated to building people. Matt works withclients in all business sectors and with trade organizations in over ten countries. Learn moreabout Matt, his safety and motivational books and sign up for FREE safety resources, Rajeev; Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders: The Three Essential Principles YouNeed to Become an Extraordinary Leader, May 2011.Kotter, John P; Buy-In: Saving Your, 2010 The Cycle of Change:• Shock/surprise - - we don’t need this…everything is okay the way is…• Question Motives - - we don’t know the truth about why these changes are happening, since we don’t need the changes…• Lobby to change the policy - - we may need a small change, but this isn’t it!• Seek Understanding - - Okay, this is going to happen, what does it mean?• Acceptance - - I can live with it… Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!