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# Safety Meeting Starters (SMS) April 2013

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### Safety Meeting Starters (SMS) April 2013

1. 1. Safety Meeting Starters (SMS)April 2013Happy April! What are the Odds…(Safety blog by Matt Forck, Safestrat) Next week is the grand finale of NCAA men’s basketball tournament; concluding with the final four weekend and national championship game on Monday in Atlanta, GA. Chances are, you are one of the estimated 40 plus million people who filled out a bracket before all of this basketball madness began. Now that there are only four teams left (Louisville, Wichita State, Michigan and Syracuse), I get to ask a question; how many of the final four teams did you guess correctly? And, how close were you to a perfect bracket? If a friend tells you that he or she had a perfect bracket, they might lie about other things too! DePaul University mathematics professor Jeff Bergen says the odds of picking a perfect bracket are staggering. Since each game has two possible outcomes, and there are 63 games played in this tournament, Dr. Bergen says the odds of picking a perfect NCAA bracket are 2 to the 63rd power (or 2 times 2 times 2…63 times). The odds, if you want to know, for guessing a perfect bracket is one in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. That is a nine, with 18 numbers behind it, or one in 9.2 quintillion. On a seemingly unrelated note, on March 23, 2013, tragedy struck the Bresette family, who were making their way through the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport preparing to fly home to Kansas after a family vacation. Heather Bresette, along with her teen age daughter and three sons were walking through the terminal when a 300 pound flight status board suspended above unexpectedly fell on them. Several family members sustained injuries, including Heather who suffered a broken pelvis and two broken ankles…and a broken heart. Her heart was broken because the event took the life of her ten year old son Luke. What are the odds of this sign falling? What are the odds that it falls on a Kansas family as they are walking under it? What are the odds that Luke Bresette is under the sign such that when it falls, it is fatal? I’m not a mathematician like Jeff Bergan, but I would forecast the odds of this are greater than one in 9.2 quintillion. In safety, we can’t deal with odds, or chance, we must deal in fact. The fact is that events can and will happen. And we, and each of our workers, must be ready. ‘Being ready’ means that we take the appropriate time to plan, wear PPE, communicate with co- workers, stop when unsure, follow all rules, constantly observe, etc. Things will happen, but our workers shouldn’t be left to play the odds…they should know outcomes, without a doubt.
3. 3. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 3S.A.F.E. (See Accidents Forever Eliminated) at Work- A Motivational Safety Column!Everyone Finishes Injury FreeThe old saying that two heads are better than one is only half true. Two heads are only betterthan one when they are functioning as one, or in other words, acting like a team.Teamwork is one of the advantages greatly leveraged by the Navy SEALs; SEALs standing forSea, Air and Land. The SEALs were organized in 1962. Their mission was to be the best trainedfighting force in the world, and utilize teamwork to move against a target in which a larger forcecould not approach undetected. "While it is imperative the student meets the standards setbefore him," said Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Peterson, SEAL instructor. "We lookfor the individual who possesses the ability to perform safely and effectively under stressfulconditions. Ultimately, we are seeking a candidate that we can entrust with the life of a fellowFrogman."In order to be called a Navy SEAL, one must complete the 25 week BUD/S (Basic UnderwaterDemolition School). The dropout rate of this school can be as high as 70-80%. The training isdivided into three phases. The first eight-week phase is known as the physical conditioningphase, and places a strong emphasis on running, swimming, navigating the obstacle course andbasic water and lifesaving skills. In this phase of training Sailor’s will take part in "surfconditioning." An exercise that develops teamwork among the trainees as they lie in a line witharms connected while the cold California surf washes over them.Having endured the complexity of The First Phase, trainees move onto their next big obstacle -diving. Second Phase is seven weeks in length and emphasizes the skills required to be a NavalSpecial Warfare combat swimmer. Finally, the 10-week long Third Phase is the last hurdle theseSailors face before graduation. This land warfare phase turns Sailors into hard core, cuttingedge naval commandos. "Third Phase is comparable to First Phase in that you are often cold,miserable and tired," said Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class Louis G. Fernbough, ThirdPhase instructor. "The difference is we now expect you to think and perform mentally underthe same conditions. Mistakes made when working with explosives only happen once."Jeff Cannon, former Navy SEAL in his book, Leadership Lessons of the Navy SEALs explained itthis way. He said that when he was in BUD/S training, his class had just finished ‘drown proof’training. That’s when you stay in the water for hours learning not to drown. Finally theinstructor called them to shore, they were exhausted. The instructor said it was ‘dinner time’but before they ate, they needed to give him five miles on the beach. The only instruction was;‘you have thirty minutes and everyone finishes on time.” Exhausted, they set out running. Somedid finish within the half hour, others didn’t, the instructor wasn’t happy. As the last of thetrainees crossed the finish line, the instructor said, “You obviously didn’t understand me, I said Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
4. 4. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 4everyone finishes on time. Now, do it again.” With disbelief, they started again only this timegetting the picture. Everyone finishes. Everyone. They pushed, pulled, encouraged and whenneeded, carried, but this time after thirty minutes, each man crossed the finish line.I realize that we don’t have ‘surf conditioning’ or ‘drown proofing.’ We don’t’ take part in diveschool or have to do 20 pull ups before each meal. But we do have safety sensitive jobs,moving parts and extreme hazards. Who is helping carry you to the finish line? Moreimportantly, who are you helping? Together we can accomplish unthinkable goals…workingeach day injury free. Two heads are better than one, if we can work as one. And, if wecan…everyone will finish on time.©2013-SafeStrat, LLC-All Rights Reserved Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!