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What is Safety Meeting Starters (SMS)? SMS is your FREE resource aimed to help you have more effective tailgates, job briefings, and safety meetings. SMS features all types of safety information for …

What is Safety Meeting Starters (SMS)? SMS is your FREE resource aimed to help you have more effective tailgates, job briefings, and safety meetings. SMS features all types of safety information for all types of industries including an Involved Safety Meeting Activity (ISMS), idea for Safety Awareness Items, links to dozens of safety related articles, tools for safety pros, and more.

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  • 1. Safety Meeting Starters (SMS) October 2013 Happy October! - - Enjoy Safety Meeting Starters, and please share with your supervisors, managers and fellow safety professionals. Enjoy this month’s safety material. And as always, send me your feedback, matt@safestrat.com. Wishing you and your family a blessed and safe month. Thanks again and Remember, no one gets hurt today! God Bless, Matt. What is Safety Meeting Starters (SMS)? SMS is your FREE resource aimed to help you have more effective tailgates, job briefings, and safety meetings. SMS features all types of safety information for all types of industries including an Involved Safety Meeting Activity (ISMS), idea for Safety Awareness Items, links to dozens of safety related articles, tools for safety pros, and more. Feel free to route and share within your organization and network. Also, encourage your fellow supervisors, managers and safety leaders to sign up to receive SMS. One may sign up at; http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001DHL4fuLXGflzE7hcsNgrelxok3N SWtKGC7SeHf8lIG9y5veytZfQ7ncQGIYShXsVPLiVpsEPMJN6MGSB1McQDdFGyF_EZkbJczlBx_b64 IU%3D Why Wait for Safety Meeting Starters, instead get real time safety information through Matt’s Twitter feed. Follow Matt this month and receive a code for 50% off any one book in Matt’s collection (find Matt’s books here http://www.safestrat.com/review-and-order-safety-books/) and follow Matt on Twitter from this link: https://twitter.com/Safestrat or @safestrat. About Matt… Matt Forck is a board-certified Safety Professional (CSP) and former Journey Lineworker in the hazardous field of electrical line work (JLW). Matt’s recent innovations include the development of the Safety Committee MAP process, a systematic process for safety committee success, and the Informal Leader Program aimed at engaging the true safety leaders within any organization. Matt has published nearly 100 safety articles and written seven books including his latest release, What Safety Leaders Do. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional safety conferences and leads corporate sponsored safety, motivational and culture building keynote presentations. You may contact Matt through his website, www.safestrat.com. SMS is a FREE monthly newsletter to the safety community. Matt Forck, CSP, JLW | www.safestrat.com | 573.999.7981
  • 2. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 2 S.A.F.E. (See Accidents Forever Eliminated) at Work - A Motivational Safety Column! Be Aware of Blind Spots What images come to mind when the words ‘family vacation’ are uttered? How about, ‘European family vacation?’ On Monday, August 4, 2008, that is exactly where an Israeli couple was taking their family…all five children! Since it was Monday, nothing was going right. They had trouble getting their children and 18 suitcases into the vehicles so grandma could shuttle them to Ben-Gurion airport. After all, they had a deal with the airline company; if they weren’t on-board at flight time, the plane would leave them behind. As they arrived at Ben-Gurion airport, they quickly realized why it is the busiest airport in Israel, and one of the busiest in the world. Being late, they didn’t have time to think about the crowds of people and all of the confusion these crowds cause; instead they had to get their bags and children to the terminal, fast. The plane to Paris would leave if they weren’t on it so they ran fast, as fast as one can in a crowded international airport with 18 pieces of luggage, five children and thousands of other travelers. As they relaxed in their seats and the plane taxied down the runway, they were able to take a deep breath, they had made it yet something seemed to be missing. Back at the airport, a very cute little girl pulled on the pant leg of a police officer. The officer squatted in order to look the toddler in the eye. The girl said, “where are my parents, where are my brothers?’ The officer quickly learned that the family had just boarded a flight to Paris, and somehow left their child behind. The officer had about 120-seconds to get the girl to the terminal before the plane would be gone. She grabbed the girl and ran but it was too late. They both watched the jet fly into the clouds. The parents, after being in the air for 40-minutes were finally notified that their daughter was safe with authorities at the airport. The parents had not yet realized they were missing a child! The fact about this fast paced, cell phone, 24 by 7 media coverage, deadline driven world is that it creates blind spots. Think about it for a minute, what have we missed today, in the last hour, because of the ‘noise’ that is constantly surrounding us. Later, the girl's grandmother, who took the family to the airport, said, "We're in shock. They're very responsible and organized top-notch people." If you don’t believe in the power of blind spots, just ask these parents. What hazards are you blind to? Work safe. ©2013-SafeStrat, LLC-All Rights Reserved
  • 3. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 3 Safety Tidbits—the most information packed pages in safety! Quotes of the month: “If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe.” –Latin Proverb "If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.” - Jim Rohn" Safety, Leadership and Management Resources from October: Safety and Management News from Safestrat’s Twitter Feed - - why wait for the end of the month Safety Meeting Starters when you can get near real time safety updates from my Twitter feed! Join today; https://twitter.com/Safestrat or @safestrat. Here is your 'just for Friday' Safety Message - A Single Elimination Game http://fw.to/oQsDZSQ Must read for supervisors and management; South Dakota Plant to Pay $1.33 Million for Worker's Death http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/29504/plant-worker-death … Stress working positioning in tomorrow's job briefing. Worker killed when saw 'kicked back.' http://romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/23651173/article-OSHA- investigating-death-of-worker-at-Floyd-County-work-site?instance=home_news … “Nobody else told her what happened to her husband — nobody,” Worker killed in sewer - http://www.suntimes.com/news/22663910-418/osha-investigating-death-of- sewer-worker-swept-away-in-storm.html … OSHA investigating work site after fall: http://www.covnews.com/section/1/article/45170/#.UkTiWIG95B8.twitter …
  • 4. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 4 Words that one hopes to never say, "A fatality is extremely rare on one of our job sites..." http://finance-commerce.com/2013/09/how-investigators-will-scrutinize-fatality-at- ballpark-site/ … #safetyawareness; Authorities Investigating Fatal Accident in Goleta http://www.kcoy.com/story/23460771/authorities-investigating-fatal-accident-in- goleta#.Ujo0ufPm7vY.twitter … Hard to believe this still happens, "...after management instructed workers to bypass barrier guard." http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/workerdeathdpa09112013/ … Death of 26 year old Temporary Worker Spurs $200,000 Fine http://ehstoday.com/safety/death-temporary-worker-spurs-calosha-hit-henkel-corp- 200000-fine … Late week safety awareness for your crews and team - - 33 year old electrician dies of electrical contact; http://mydesert.co/18RAD5S Check Up From the Neck Up-101 Ways to Get Your Head in the Game of Life http://www.safestrat.com/2013/check-up-from-the-neck-up-101-ways-to-get-your-head- in-the-game-of-life/ … ISMA (Involved Safety Meeting Activities—101Ways to Get Your People Involved! http://www.safestrat.com/2013/isma-involved-safety-meeting-activities-101ways-to-get- your-people-involved/ … Tailgate-101 Proven Stories to Begin Each Job Strong and Finish Safe! http://www.safestrat.com/2013/tailgate-101-proven-stories-to-begin-each-job-strong-and- finish-safe/ … Pulling maintenance while fueling, maybe not a good idea as spark causes explosion #safetyawarenes! http://www.abc17news.com/news/two-injured-following-boat- explosion-at-lake-of-the-ozarks/-/18421100/21951642/-/w53xq9/-/index.html … Are you ready for Monday's safety meeting? Hit it out of the park tomorrow, & all month, Safety Meeting Starters: http://www.safestrat.com/safety-meeting-starters/ … 5 things the best managers do (and don't do) http://bit.ly/1aImU7a Proactive safety in a boom industry: Agencies work to reduce accidents: http://bit.ly/19KyDh3 Update: Tragic Accident In Derby Claims Man's Life http://valley.newhavenindependent.org/archives/entry/fatality_under_investigation_at_de rby_company1#.UjGf_tJlQ7k.twitter …
  • 5. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 5 "Worker was instructed to bypass safety guard!: Adams Thermal Systems To Pay $1.3 Million In Settlement: http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/adams-thermal-systems- to-pay-13-million-in-settlement/?id=152863#.UjGe8O2nFpQ.twitter … OSHA to Investigate Deadly Church Collapse http://www.pahomepage.com/story/osha- to-investigate-deadly-church-collapse/d/story/TQXlsmZn706- 5hsxfVmfyw#.UjGepwk4jHM.twitter … Late week safety material; OSHA investigating weekend death at the Port of Mobile http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2013/09/osha_investigating_over_the_we.html … Sad news- second trench-related death in two days in the DC/MD/VA region: http://tinyurl.com/ny7e6z3 #safety #construction OSHA fine follows life guard's death...energy source controls, read here; http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/d97c2cb6b37a4c658ab9a80913f4857d/TX-- Waterpark-Death … Livermore man killed on construction site at King School http://berkeleyside.com/?p=138919 Worker contacts electrical wire; OSHA to Investigate Death; http://holliston- hopkinton.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/osha-investigation-of-death-of- holliston-tree-worker-to-examine-workplace-practices … In mere hours Tuesday's safety meeting will be here. Hit it out of the park with this info; http://www.safestrat.com/safety-meeting-starters/ … Ohio Transplant Victim Says Hospital 'Wasted' Brother's Kidney http://gma.yahoo.com/ohio-transplant-victim-says-hospital-wasted-brothers-trashed- 143207531--abc-news-health.html?vp=1 …
  • 6. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 6
  • 7. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 7 SAI - - Safety Awareness Items (ideas to get raise your team’s awareness! Dart Hit Target Zero, Zero At-Risk Acts. Dental Floss Inspections and Maintenance is Key. Deodorant Bad Habits Stink! Clean Them Up. Dice We Don’t Roll the Dice with Your Personal Safety. Dip Net, fishing Dip Out the Bad Habits. The Untapped Secret To Selling Safety -And 401½ Tangible Items Guaranteed To Help Make That Sale! - - How well do you sell safety? The truth is that we are at the mercy of our ability to sell, no matter how “tight” the presentation. Regardless of our education or the facts surrounding an issue, we are still in a position where we have to make the sale in order for a positive change to take place. And, the better we are at selling, the greater our results. The fact of the matter is that there are secrets to selling…even selling safety. One such previously untapped secret is revealed here and your safety results will never be the same! “Matt’s passion for safety continues to shine through as he drives to inspire us to be the best we can be” wrote Bill Dampf, safety professional with three decades of experience. “Through this latest effort, he provides us with hundreds of ways to promote safety awareness to our employees. Although keeping our workers safe is always a challenge, this simple approach to helping us sell safety can be a tool that all of us can use.” Price: $11.99 - - AND use this discount code to save $2..00 per book, B9F5UNDN. Order from this link; https://www.createspace.com/3421798.
  • 8. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 8 ISMA-Involved Safety Meeting Activity Activity: The Hot Seat! Estimated Time: 10 Minutes Materials Needed: Volunteer or two from audience and prizes for them. Reference materials: See ISMA below. The ISMA: Before the meeting, attach a prize under a chair and place the chair in the front of the room. The prize should be small such as a gift certificate or cash, something that can’t be seen by the audience while attached to the chair. You can use two or three chairs depending on group size. With the prizes hidden, begin the meeting and ask for volunteers, one for each of your ‘prize chairs’ set out in front of the room. Ask for volunteers to come sit in the chair. Don’t tell them what they will have to do, only that you need a volunteer(s). Of course, very few people will jump at this chance but eventually someone will. After he/she is seated you may want to ask them a few questions. Eventually ask them to look under their seat. Ask them to show their prize to the entire group. You might also ask them how difficult it was to ‘volunteer’ in front of the whole group. The Take-a-ways: Everyone in the room had an opportunity for the prize but only a very few (the volunteers) were willing to take a risk and in so doing, receive the ‘prize.’ In life, it is the same, opportunity knocks but it won’t wake those that are asleep. We need to take healthy risk remembering our rewards are proportionate to our risk. Want 101 ISMAs? Check out ISMA (Involved Safety Meeting Activities—101Ways to Get Your People In Involved! at Matt’s website; http://www.safestrat.com/review-and- order-safety-books/
  • 9. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 9 SPOT-M –(Safety Picture of the Month) “What did we forget?” A simple walk around can always eliminate hazards. Choose in favor of your safety! Send me your pics and if we use them in SMS you receive a free book! Send to matt@safestrat.com.
  • 10. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 10 Tools for Pros! Far Forward Safety - -Where Leaders Dare to Go… By Matt Forck, CSP and JLW Dr. Jadick was anxious. It was the evening of November 8th , 2004 and Jadick was the Battalion Surgeon for the 1st Battalion 8th Marine regiment. His Marines, along with other Marines and military personnel would be moving against the strongest insurgence of the war, those holding out in Fallujah. In mere hours he would be treating wounded, seriously wounded. Jadick knew this would probably be the most brutal urban fighting Marines had experienced since Vietnam. As with any medical professional about to be presented with major traumas, Jadick was anxious about his own ability. Would he be able to handle each case, what about his pace of work if there are multiple seriously wounded? How would his Corpsmen do, and did he prepare them well enough? Yet, there was an overarching concern that Jadick had; he worried that his aid station was too far in the rear. It was a 45 minute ambulance ride away. In addition to his other fears, he really thought this time gap, between battlefield wound and professional care, 45 minutes, was too great. The answer to his questions was just hours away. “Traditional battlefield medicine,” Jadick wrote in his book entitled On Call in Hell, “Was developed over hundreds of years and it made sense for earlier times. The line between KIA (Killed In Action) and WIA (Wounded In Action) was more absolute then. Wounds fell more easily into the categories of lethal or nonlethal. And corpsman or medics with the units served as much to provide comfort to the dying and transport to the dead as to intervene with lifesaving care. Both of those rolls are still an essential part of the job, but today we have more wounds that can go either way. And we have vastly improved higher level care that can help severely injured warriors survive and rehabilitate off the battle field. The interesting thing is that the technology and techniques of battlefield medicine have not changed much since Vietnam.” Jadick’s team received a call early the morning of the 9th , “Marine down.” Jadick didn’t stay in the rear, instead he moved with the ambulance team to help give care to the causality. They pulled up to the injured - - it was a bad wound. Other calls came in and the ambulance team was needed to aid others. In the end, Jadick turned away one less seriously injured Marine, because the ambulance was beyond capacity. The first Marine, who was very seriously injured, didn’t make it, dying on the ride back to the aid station. Jadick’s fears were confirmed. He and his aid station were too far back - - he would move them closer. It took permission, but once Jadick proved that he and his select corpsman could travel light, they were allowed to move forward and set up a forward aid station - - literally in the middle of the fight. Later, Lt. Col. Mark Winn estimated that without Jadick at the front, the Marines would have lost an additional 30 men. Of the hundreds of men treated by Jadick and his team at the newly established forward aid station, only one died after reaching a hospital. Overall, 53 Marines and Navy SEALs died in the battle. What Jadick led, and what he and his corpsmen did
  • 11. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 11 was truly heroic. Not only did they save lives, they set a model that will surely be used moving forward. And, in Jadick’s leadership there are a few lessons for us safety professionals, as well. Improve your position - - Jadick was constantly working to improve his position - - in order to save lives. At the forward aid station, he and his corpsman worked to position sand bags over windows and openings, to protect against sniper fire. They worked to set up latrines. They practiced routines that moved needed medical supplies with great speed and found concrete blocks that could be used as bases for operating tables. In short, they continually looked to improve their position. What do we do to improve our position, to improve safety of our people? We often are caught in the trap of looking for the next big thing instead or major process improvement. I think Jadick would encourage us to pursue them, just as he moved the aid station to the front lines, but he would also suggest that each day we should lead some small change that improves our people’s position (safety). Define the Golden Hour. Jadick wrote, “In treating traumatic injuries, there is something known as the golden hour. A badly injured person who gets to the hospital within an hour is much more likely to be saved.” But Jadick knew that in combat the "golden hour" doesn't exist. Left unaided,” said Jadick, “the wounded could die in 15 minutes, and there are some things that could kill them in six minutes. If they had an arterial bleed, it could be three minutes." To that end, medicine’s ‘golden hour’ has changed – it is mere minutes to save a life. What is safety’s ‘golden hour’? What is the time between a near miss and an actual injury if the hazard isn’t eliminated? How much time exists between a defective piece of equipment being identified and it causing an injury, if not taken out of service? Or, what is the time gap between an unsafe act and injury? Jadick understood how crucial it was to establish the right care in the right time - - what is our ‘golden hour.’ All Leaders to the front, please - - After Fallujah Jadick wrote, “There were real dangers and that raises the issue of whether by going in to establish the FAS (Forward Aid Station) myself that I put an important battalion asset, me, the doctor, needlessly at risk. I think that is looking at it all backwards. By putting me forward I thought we were maximizing our assets. First there was the leadership issue. A battalion surgeon isn’t s just the doctor, he’s also the leading officer of a medical platoon and no self-respecting platoon leader, anywhere, is going to send his men in to do a job he wouldn’t do himself. There is a big difference between training and experience.” Are our leaders at the front? Do they make a certain number of field observations each month, week or day? Is it required as part of their performance appraisal? If we are going to win the safety battle we need our leaders to establish safety’s equivalent of a FAS. A forward station staffed with leaders who quickly recognize hazards and at risk actions and take corrective action - - no questions asked. What is your Sphere of Influence - - “I couldn’t control who got hit and where but I still had my sphere of influence, and I decided that if it was taking too long to get the wounded out of the city then the only way we could cut the travel time down was to move ourselves in. That would mean in effect setting up an emergency room in the middle of the hot zone,” Jadick reflected. In the workplace, we can’t control who makes a poor choice on a given day, nor what
  • 12. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 12 equipment may fail at any one point. But, we can, and must, exercise our ‘sphere of influence’ just as Jadick did. As he moved his care closer to his men, we must move our care, coaching and knowledge even closer to our front line workers. If that means setting up our safety office on the plant floor - - I believe that Jadick would approve. In the end, Dr. Richard Jadick was honored with a Bronze medal with Combat V for Valor. The Valor distinction denotes “Those individuals who were awarded a decoration in recognition of a valorous act performed during direct combat with an enemy force. It may also denote an accomplishment of a heroic nature in direct support of operations against an enemy force” Later, Winn said of Jadick, “I have never seen a doctor display the kind of courage and bravery that Rich did during Fallujah." Jadick shakes off the praise and instead puts it all in the category of ‘just doing my job’. But in this ‘just doing my job’ attitude Jadick saved dozens of lives. And, in the process teaches valuable lessons to each of us. Thank you Dr. Jadick! Matt Forck, CSP and JLW, is a keynote speaker supporting clients in over ten countries; assisting in key areas of worker safety, leadership, accountability and cultural improvement. You can learn more about Matt and sign up for his free safety materials through his website, www.safestrat.com. You can follow Matt on Twitter @safestrat. Sources:  Navy doctor moves deep into firefight to save Marines, James C. Roberts, Stephens Media LLC, 2011  On Call in Hell - - A Doctor’s Iraq War Story, Dr. Richard Jadick with Thomas Hayden, NAL Trade, 2007  On Call in Hell, Newsweek, Pat Wingert, March 20, 2006

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