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Safety Meeting Starters (SMS)February 2013Happy February! - - What does Valentine’s Day have to do with safety? More than you maythink! You see, Valentine’s Day is all about love - - and so is safety. Let me explain Safety isabout taking the time on each job to plan the work, follow the rules and wear the required PPE.Doing this means you have love for yourself first; and understand what can be lost by just oneat-risk act.Safety Meeting Starters, SMS, offers timely safety information to help you and your teamidentify and control hazards and raise safety awareness. Please share this material with yoursupervisors, safety professionals, managers, line workers and others. Happy Valentine’s Day toyou, your family and to your safety!From the Seats (click here to energize your safety program):http://www.safestrat.com/keynote-safety-presentations/ “Matt, your presentation was great. I really liked the way you engaged the audience and presented the material, very effective! “WOW…wow, wow! Not what I expected…you were great!” “You had great energy - - great presentation!”Thanks again and pass this along. Remember, no one gets hurt today! God Bless, Matt. Matt Forck, CSP, JLW | www.safestrat.com | 573.999.7981
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 2S.A.F.E. (See Accidents Forever Eliminated) at Work- A Motivational Safety Column!Did I Do Enough?Just the mention of the word “cancer” brings thoughts of pain, suffering, fear and death immediately toones’ mind. I experienced these feels and more as I, along with my wife, attended the funeral visitationof a friend in Topeka, Kansas. Her name was Julie and she died on July 5, 2004 after a half-decadestruggle with cancer. Julie was 42 and she left behind a husband, son (21) and daughter (18) along withfamily and friends.Five years ago, what was first discounted as a ‘probably nothing’ lump in her breast began her rollercoaster ride through many days, weeks, months and years of cancer treatments. Remission would beannounced by a doctor only to hear the words, “it’s back” once again. It was a vicious cycle, one that Iwould not have had the courage to ride for as long or valiantly as she.Two weeks before she died, she was visited at her home by a close friend. With the hospice nurselooking on, Julie was barely able to speak with Sherri, a woman that had been diagnosed with cancerjust weeks before Julie. Over the nearly half dozen years since they both were diagnosed, the two hadshared their hopes and dreams, fears and pain. They shared coffee every Tuesday after chemo therapy.But now, in this speechless voice, Julie looked at her close friend and whispered, “Have I done enough?”Sherri almost broke down with tears. She was looking in the eyes of the most courageous person sheknew. The woman that had battled and fought this disease with everything she had. A person who,twenty years earlier was a Kansas all-state high school basketball player and stood over six foot tall butnow with the battle scares of cancer, barely mustered 80 lbs. Sherri was looking at a person robbed ofchildren and husband and family and life only to ask, “Have I done enough?” Sherri smiled and withtears slowly falling nodded, “Yes, my friend, you have done enough.”In an unrelated story, on the same day as Julies’ funeral visitation two hundred miles away in Columbia,Missouri two men worked to install a 12” drain pipe. They didn’t need excavation safety, after all theyhad done this type of work for years and no one had ever been hurt. On this day, as they worked, thetrench began to give way. The first man leapt to safety with the second man right on his heels. He didn’tmake it all of the way out and was trapped by the force of the earth. It pinned him at his thighs, he wasunable to move. Emergency rescue workers were called. He was lucky, trapped for 90 minutes,emergency crews finally freed him. He was treated and released from a local hospital.I wonder though, what would have happened if the two men had been just one step slower. That wouldhave left the first man buried from the legs down. And, it would have covered the second man…killinghim in minutes. I wonder what would have happened as the family of the dead worker arrived at thescene. They would have looked in the eyes of the surviving partner and demanded…”did you doenough? Did you do enough?”“No” would have been the answer. They didn’t do enough. Trust. Work safe. Commit to excellence andcare about one another and you will not be cheated…Julie would tell you the same.©2013-SafeStrat, LLC-All Rights Reserved Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 3How to Plan Each Job!Tailgate-101 Proven Stories to Begin EachJob Strong and Finish Safe!In July, 2008, the tower industry was stunned by its seventhtragedy in as many months-this time a fatal fall in Florida. TheNational Association of Tower Erectors immediately called astand down. During a nation-wide conference call with over 320of its members Don Doty, the Chairman, said, “Setting the tone ofthe day with a safety meeting will keep safety procedures fresh ineveryone’s minds. We want to make sure everyone goes homesafe at the end of the day, and five minutes could make all thedifference.” In other words-hold tailgates! Tailgates have beenaround forever, but how good are they? This innovative bookprovides proven tools to improve tailgates and safety meetings.Use these 101 Motivational Safety Stories to enhance a tailgate,safety meeting or training session. These stories can be sharedbefore a tailgate session to open the minds of the participants to the job hazards. Or, they canbe shared at the conclusion of the meeting, to re-emphasize the importance of safety. Eitherway, they will help ensure the job starts strong and finishes safe!Price: $18.98 per book, but SAVE 35% per book with this code, 55YMPSFXLink to order: https://www.createspace.com/3421796 Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 4Safety Tidbits—the most information packed pages in safety!Quote of the month:"If you look at high performers they are always the most passionate - in anyindustry." - - Brendon BurchardFrom 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;https://twitter.com/Safestrat or @safestrat.Safety News from February: The Five Most Dangerous Safety Perceptions http://proactsafety.com/articles/the-five- most-dangerous-safety-perceptions#.UQUp6fQU5jQ.twitter … Employee Complaints lead to Massachusetts Food Distributer OSHA Investigation -- Occupational Health & Safety http://ohsonline.com/articles/2013/01/17/employee- complaints-lead-to-massachusetts-food-distributer-osha- investigation_0.aspx?admgarea=news … Feds fine Lunda for safety violations that led to fatality: http://bit.ly/WcZm0v via @lacrossetribune Forestry worker dies in Northland - National - NZ Herald News http://nzh.tw/10860021 via @nzherald In 2013, @CDCInjury will launch #HeadsUp to Parents, w/ tools to help parents keep kids safe from concussion on & off the sports field. ASSE “Safety on the Job” poster contest for kids ages 5-14 http://bit.ly/XYgOVV Latest CSB safety video "Deadly Contract" featured video on http://www.csb.gov #safety #fireworks #animations Post Edited: Finding the Smoking Gun -The Five Things That No One http://www.safestrat.com/2012/near-miss-reporting-the-sounds-of-silence/ … Post Edited: Far Forward Safety - -Where Leaders Dare to Go… http://www.safestrat.com/2012/when-workers-feel-bulletproof/ … Post Edited: How to Launch! http://www.safestrat.com/2012/how-to-launch/ … Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 5Post Edited: Beyond Ze http://www.safestrat.com/2012/beyond-zero-how-to-send-your-people-home-in-better-shape-than-they-came-in/ …Post Edited: Safety Isn’t Number http://www.safestrat.com/2012/safety-isnt-number-one-how-safety-leaders-work-with-the-corner-office/ …Post Edited: Surviving the Desert Island! http://www.safestrat.com/2012/surviving-the-desert-island/ …Post Edited: Is Friendship part of Leadership? http://www.safestrat.com/2012/125/Post Edited: Secrets to Safety Culture... http://www.safestrat.com/2013/secrets-to-safety-culture/ …NIOSH Fact Sheet: Handle Laundry Safely http://go.usa.gov/4jVd Protect yourself -NIOSH Pub 2013-1The latest issue of JSHER is now available online. Download the PDF today.http://ar.gy/35BpCO video:How Close is Too Close for Portable Generators?http://youtu.be/jkO9PK4JvJI Carbon monoxide can cause sudden illness and deathStar Dog killed in revolving doors at Famous Magazines London Office: RIP Alan:Tributes paid to beloved Tatler... http://bit.ly/VfkPWe5 tips for being a better leader - Barking Up The Wrong Tree http://ow.ly/gLNV2Five Presentation Mistakes Everyone Makes - @HarvardBizhttp://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/12/avoid_these_five_mistakes_in_y.html …OSHA investigating incident that led to Abilene workers deathhttp://www.reporternews.com/news/2013/jan/08/osha-investigating-incident-that-led-to-abilene/ …Teach young leaders...http://m.inc.com/?incid=46144Man dies as zorbing ball he was strapped in to fell off a cliff: from:http://news.sky.com/story/1035485/russia- …... http://bit.ly/VqUKnVChanging Your Companys Safety Culture - Articles - Safety & Accident - Articles -Work Truck http://www.worktruckonline.com/Channel/Safety-Accident-Management/Article/Story/2012/12/Changing-Your-Company-s-Safety-Culture.aspx?prestitial=1#.UO6wEOsHef0.twitter …OSHA issues fines for Butte des Morts bridge fatality http://shebpr.es/VmAdOz Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 6 “I cannot remember a case where somebody got severely burned and nobody called911,” Temp EEs and workplace hazards http://nbcnews.to/ZvvVFxTo Increase Innovation, Take the Sting Out of Failure - @HarvardBizhttp://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/01/to_increase_innovation_take_th.html …1 in 5 high school girls binge drinks. Learn how you can prevent #bingedrinking in yourcommunity. http://go.usa.gov/43Fz #VitalSignsNew cell phone safety laws in effect: http://safety.blr.com/workplace-safety-news/transportation-safety/driver-safety-motor-carriers/Illinois-New-Cell-Phone-Safety-Laws-in-Effect-/ …One crane-related #workerfatality apparently wasnt enough to cause this company tomake some changes: http://bit.ly/10fFf6vWinter Weather Frequently Asked Questionshttp://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/faq.asp …The STEPS Network is helping to promote safety in #oil&gasindustry. Are you amember yet? http://bit.ly/VEGt3jNew post: Secrets to Safety Culture... http://www.safestrat.com/2013/secrets-to-safety-culture/ …UK Power Networks fined over worker death: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd,which supplies power to the East ... http://bit.ly/ZtV8F2People fear child abductions, shark attacks, plane flights--WRONG. This chart makes abrilliant point: http://j.mp/WbWXipThe Hidden Cost of Workplace Fatalities: 43 Billion Dollars - http://ohshub.com/the-hidden-cost-of-a-workplace-fatalities-43-billion-dollars/ …Check out OSHA Cites Verso for Two Violations, Closes Investigation [AUDIO]:http://wjon.com/osha-cites-verso-for-two-violations-closes-investigation/ …7 Tips For Communicating With Clarity. Simple enough to implement today! Make sureyou are an effective communicator - http://ow.ly/gwQsGReveller drove forklift truck home: A man was caught driving a forklift truck home onHogmanay while twice the l... http://bit.ly/Wa1balSafety Meeting Starters (SMS) Jan 2013 #constantcontact http://conta.cc/WlQOAY Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 7 SAI - - Safety Awareness Items (ideas to get raise your team’s awareness!Can of Spam An Injury is Even Worse than a Can of Spam.Can Opener Right Tool for the Right Job.Candle Safety Begins with Your Light.Car Wash Concentrate on Safety.ConcentrateCar Wash Mitten Give Housekeeping a Hand.Car Wash Sponge A Clean Car is a Safe Car. 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: $8.99 - - AND use this discount code to save $2..00 per book, B9F5UNDN. Order from this link; https://www.createspace.com/3421798. Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 8ISMA-Involved Safety Meeting ActivityActivity: The RuleEstimated Time: 20 MinutesMaterials Needed: Paper and pen for each group.Reference materials: See ISMA below:The ISMA:Divide the group into smaller groups of three to six. Explain that Duke UniversityBasketball is the most successful and winning college basketball program since JohnWooden and UCLA two and a half decades ago. Each season Duke’s head coach willsit down with the entire team and outline the team rule (s).The task is for each group to write/guess what these rules are. Give them three toseven minutes to work together before coming back into the larger group and explainingtheir team rules.The Take-a-ways:In fact, Duke Basketball has only one team rule, explained at the first team meeting ofeach New Year. That rule, ‘don’t do something detrimental to yourself.’ In hurtingyourself you obviously do damage to you, but you are part of the team so when youdamage yourself via a poor choice; you are hurting the team as well.In safety, we could throw all of our safety manuals away if we would heed these words,‘don’t do something detrimental to yourself.’ It’s all we need, if we do that, all other rulesand procedures are followed. 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/ Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 9SPOT-M –(Safety Picture of the Month) “Stupid is as stupid does!” Forrest GumpChoose in favor of your safety!Send me your safety picture…if we use them you get a FREE book! Send to Matt@SafeStrat.com. Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 10Tools for Pros!Safety’s Innovation Cycle- - What Safety Leaders Understand about InnovationMatt Forck, CSP and JLWHow Innovative are you? - - Grab a piece of paper and a pen and take this quick quiz. Set a timer fortwo minutes and write down as many uses of a paper clip as you can. How many did you get?If you decided on between one and ten uses of a paper clip in two minutes, your mind and creativity hasbeen stifled by ‘corporate think’ which has slowly drained your innovative thoughts over time. If youthought of between 11 and 19 potential uses for a paper clip, you have innovation potential. If youthought of more than 20 uses of a paper clip you are either an Eagle Scout, or an innovator...or both!Why is innovation important to safety? Here are a few facts, “American corporations spend more than$50 billion annually on training. Yet, there were 4,609 fatalities in the workplace in 2011.” And, the fiveyear trend on fatality rates is more or less flat over the last five years. In other words, minus a‘disruptive’ innovation in your safety program, we will more or less get what we have gotten over thelast five years. So, how good you are at thinking of uses for a paper clip, innovations in safety, might justdetermine your future trend line for injuries.Forecasting Safety Innovation - - What does JC Penney and Sears have to do with Innovation? To begin2013, business analysts listed five companies that are on the watch list to ‘go out of business’ before theend of the year. Among these five were JC Penney and Sears. Both of these companies have a richAmerican history.Sears, officially known as Sears, Roebuck & Co., was founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah CurtisRoebuck in 1893. Sears started as a mail order catalog, and in the mid 1920s began opening ‘brick andmortar’ stores and today operates over 2,000 stores across the United States. James Cash Penney firstopened The Golden Rule store in April 1902 in Kemmerer, Wyoming. The concept grew to 34 storesthroughout the Rocky Mountain region a decade later. Today, JC Penney has more than a 1,000 retailoutlets. Both retailers have struggled through the last decade; including Sears being purchased by Kmartin 2005. The reason for this struggle, in part, failure to realize innovation in the retail markets.Four decades after James Penney opened his first store, a 22 year old man named Sam Walton receivedhis first job in retailing, at J.C Penney in Des Moines, IA. He worked there for 18 months, learning theretailing trade. From there he moved to Arkansas to open a Ben Franklin store. In 1962 Walton openedhis first Wal-Mart with an innovative concept, discounting products so that profits are less per product,but increased sales makes up the difference.Today, Wal-Mart has nearly 9,000 stores and is the major competitor to Penney’s and Sears. BothPenney’s and Sears were well positioned to adopt Walton’s innovative model some three decades ago Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 11and actually stifle the growth of Wal-Mart, but neither realized that this new model was their biggestcompetitor - - neither store adopted this innovative model until it was much too late.Safety’s story is different than Sears, Penney’s and Wal-Mart, yet there are lessons to learn. In the1970’s OSHA’s enactment was a disruptive innovation for safety. This placed structure, oversight andaccountability across all industries. In that same decade (1979), E. Scott Geller coined the phraseBehavior Based Safety (BBS). Geller, along with other safety leaders, infused innovated concepts that arestill the fabric of our safety programs today, including safety committees, employee observations, andmanagement accountability. Yet, both of the major innovations that govern safety today, OSHA’sstructure and BBS, are over thirty years old and fatality trends today are flat. In short, what got us to thispoint in time, will not get us to that next levelof safety excellence. Safety is ready for thatnext innovation…and you and I will be the onesto bring to a reality.How to Innovate Safety - - Here are sevensteps to begin innovating safety.Sponsor - - Maxwel Wessle, in his February 2,2013 Harvard Business Review blog post Howto Innovate with an Executive Sponsor, writessome insightful words: Meaningful innovation requires sponsorship. It always has. In 1959, one of the most important economists youve never heard of — Edith Penrose — pointed out as much by chronicling the nature of firm evolution. Penrose explained that all things equal, a firms history determines its future. We seed our organizations with resources — people, capital, and equipment — and those resources have productive value in certain areas. Maximizing their value will naturally lead us to make the next decision and the next decision and so on. At its core, Penroses idea is the reason innovation requires sponsorship. Without the foresight and intervention of senior leadership, the firm will simply concentrate on the opportunities that it was destined to concentrate on. Middle managers with limited resources and set evaluation metrics will simply operate in a predictable fashion. The difficult truth is that sponsorship as its traditionally considered inside of large organizations is a double-edged sword. Sponsorship overcomes organizational roadblocks but often comes with a set of inherent limitations. Senior executives focus on big issues every day, when they turn to innovation they need their novel solutions to be equally as large. Thats because nominally, the execs that matter inside of large organizations are used to moving the needle. So when it comes to innovation, executives are trained to value acquisitions, high profile product launches, and anything else they might use to surprise their analysts; without such surprises they cant generate unforeseen growth and placate investors.To break this ‘predictable fashion’ one or more senior leaders should sponsor innovation. To do this,they need to consider the following steps: Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 12 Name the safety innovation sponsor(s). Set the vision - - many times this is called the ‘specific end’; where the organization needs to go, or the direction of the innovation. Lead with patience - - many of these innovations won’t immediately ‘move the needle’ but with the proper leadership, can be meaningful.Create - - How many uses of the paper clip you and your fellow coworkers identified show how easy orhard this step will be. In short, however, the first step is actually identifying a process to create. Thisprocess should include key items like when, who (the ‘who’ should include key groups like managers,first line supervisors and safety committees), where, and how often.Creating can take the form of old fashion ‘brainstorming’ but each month creative time can be spawnedby key questions. In his article, 8 Ways to Be Innovative (Even if Youre Not), Jeff Haden, Inc Magazine,lists a number of key questions that can prompt your group. These include; Imagine the worst that couldhappen, Play the "Why?" game, Pretend you just ran out of money, Pretend there are no rules, Pretendyou only have five minutes to solve a problem and Imagine perfection. He goes onto say that one should‘Take a field trip... and borrow away’ - - so set up a means to identify and use best practices.Evaluate - - If creating is hard (think of the paper clip exercise) evaluating ideas is even harder. Whatmakes a good idea or concept to one person may not even make sense to someone else. And, how doyou align all ideas on an equal playing field so that they can be evaluated equally. Generally, keeping theidea with the creator is important. So, the best way to foster innovation through the creation phase intothe evaluation phase is to set a structure for each group to evaluate ideas, and decide which ones makethe cut for what comes next, mini testing. To ‘make the cut’ in the evaluation phase think about thefollowing:Publish a formal innovation evaluation matrix (IEM) and have this form filled out for each idea that youconsider worthy of next steps. The matrix can include questions like; How does the idea help solve the biggest problem you are having? How would this concept be implemented? Can you obtain the resources (skills, budget, time, etc.) to implement? How will results be measured?Mini Test - - This is where the excitement begins…taking an idea through an evaluation process theninto the ‘field’ is, after all, the goal. If the IEM was comprehensive, it will provide the blue print for yourmini-test. The information from the IEM can be added to the mini test guide, or MTG. This is a morecomprehensive review of the testing parameters and include the traditional, who, where, when, howmany, how long and data that will be collected along the way.Measure - - Data, data, data! Your sponsor will lead with patience, but at the end of the day, data drivesinnovation and decisions to scale concepts and ideas. To that end, deciding how to observe and collectdata both before and after the innovation is tested is important. This holds especially true if you will beasking for additional budget dollars, or other resources to support the innovation long term. Just as wehave an IEM and MTG, setting up a more formal measurement and data structure is a good idea.Share - - when I worked as a safety professional for a utility company, we’d bring together all of the localsafety committees, over 20 of them, each summer to share ideas. This was a great way to trade Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 13innovations and give energy for the remainder of the year. Sharing innovation can be just that simple, atime when each group who is in the systematic create mode can come together to trade ideas and shareaccomplishments. That said, I also think that organizations should establish a more formal means toshare. Asking each group to systematically share mini-tests and their associated evaluations with a smallinnovation committee, will allow ideas to be centralized, allow one team to review and combine ideas soyou are not doubling resources and combine ideas to get even better results.Scale - - Scaling is taking the innovation company wide, and beyond. The secret to scaling is thisequation; Q (quality of proposal) x A (acceptance of the proposal) = R (results). To this point, theinnovation has been about the ‘Q’, the quality of the proposal, and the associated results. When theinnovation moves to this stage, acceptance is the most important part of the equation. Write anacceptance plan to ensure the innovation equals results.In closing, think about this. Some years ago, a young computer innovator spoke to a group of like-minded innovators. From the inside of his jacket pocket he pulled a folded piece of notebook paper. Ashe unfolded it, he explained to the audience that he and his company were pushing, and that someday acomputer would be exactly like this paper. He unfolded it and explained that one would simply need totouch the screen to pull up email, surf the web, type a document, or whatever. The speaker was BillGates and today technology is close to his vision. Smart phones and tablets are pushing limits andscreaming toward vision. What is the next big safety innovation? With fatality trend lines flat, yourcompany (and the safety community) needs it now…this model for safety innovation may help pave theway.Matt Forck, CSP and JLW leads safety conferences, seminars and keynote presentations on safety’s mosturgent topics including leadership, accountability and cultural change. Matt has also published sevenbooks and dozens of articles. Contact Matt, learn about FREE resources or inquire about having Mattspeak at your next event through his website; www.safestrat.com. Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!