Safety Meeting Starters (SMS) Nov 2013


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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 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.

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  1. 1. Safety Meeting Starters (SMS) November 2013 Happy November! - - 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, 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; 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 and follow Matt on Twitter from this link: 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, SMS is a FREE monthly newsletter to the safety community. Matt Forck, CSP, JLW | | 573.999.7981
  2. 2. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 2 S.A.F.E. (See Accidents Forever Eliminated) at Work - A Motivational Safety Column! Contribute Your Good to Safety In 1957 Bangkok, Thailand was expanding many roadways in and around the city. One such road project required that a Buddhist Temple and monastery be moved, the new road would be cutting it in half. As part of the relocation, a ten foot statue of Buddha which was in the current Temple would be moved to the new one. It wasn’t just a ‘normal’ statue, it was a ten foot tall, 2.5 ton statue of Buddha. The monk in charge of the relocation was nervous. The statue was over 200 years old and the center piece of the temple. As straps were put around the statue, the monk looked on; he didn’t have a good feeling. The statue was lifted off of the ground. So far so good he thought but just then it cracked. The monk’s heart sank. Sit it down, he ordered. So, they did. They placed a tarp around it and left it for the day. Later, it began to rain. The monk went out to see if the Buddha statue was staying dry. He lifted the tarp and peered into the darkness. As he did so, his eye caught the crack, and a beam of light returned the glance. Dumbfounded, he left and returned with a screwdriver. Scrapping away at the crack, he fell backwards in disbelief. Under the clay figure, was gold! After the initial shock of such a discovery, the research began. It was discovered that centuries ago Burmese invaders launched an attack into Thailand. To protect the gold statue of Buddha, it was covered with clay. The Burmese killed everyone on their attack and the secret died with them. Several hundred years later, a mistake lead to the discovery of this golden Buddha-now valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The secret today is to understand that each of us has gold inside. Of course, we have forgotten this since overtime we have had mud thrown at us-generally from all directions. This mud has covered our gold. Today, on the job, throw off a little mud and get back in the safety game. Help out another, make a safety suggestion, use additional PPE. In other words, let your safety light shine. ©2013-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! 3 Safety Tidbits—the most information packed pages in safety! Quotes worth Repeating! There are 4 different levels of commitment; I'll try, I'll do my best, I'll do whatever it takes, and it's a DONE DEAL. 1) Work your hardest. 2) Dream your biggest. 3) Be your greatest. The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. -William Arthur Ward Living without a goal is like driving without a destination. You never arrive. (G) get (R) ready (I) it's a (N) new (D) day I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. Michael Jordan Safety, Leadership and Management Resources from November: 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; or @safestrat. Charges Laid in Electrical Lineman's Death … The 3i approach to slips and trips Jack Canfield's 10 Keys of Wisdom for The Ultimate Success: "Drinkers....Unless You Look Good In Handcuffs.....Plan How You Are Going To Get To Where You Want To Go Without Driving." #HappyHalloween Injuries account for 1 death every 3 minutes. Can you name the leading cause of injury death in the US? Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  4. 4. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! Maybe It's Time Everyone Knows the Names of Workers Who Make the Ultimate Sacrifice 2 BART workers inspecting a track hit by train, killed near S.F. Saturday. #NTSB is investigating: The Use of Humour in Safety 100% awareness 100% of the time! OSHA probe in worker's death continues #safetyawareness; … Remember, no one gets hurt today! Redouble your efforts; OSHA investigating worker death; … Cal/OSHA Investigating Local Oil Rig Worker Death … It is literally impossible for our brains to multitask. If you say you can or you can't, you are #right either way. - #HenryFord Sawmill fined after worker’s arm trapped in machine – Media centre - HSE … #hse Families of Workplace Fatality Victims Struggle to Pay Funeral Costs … Worker killed at new 49er stadium construction site identified as Vacaville man … Plant inspection and fines come a little too late for people of West | Editorials ... … OSHA investigating construction accident … Start your Monday with "Positive 'Safety' Memory" Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 4
  5. 5. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 5 Safety Leaders are unreasonable about progress and goals! ISHN – October 2013 … Eye witness accounts of this tree trimmer contacting voltage are incredible, a must read and share safety article; … 70% of construction fatalities occur on small sites, simple housekeeping & good site order can save lives #safersites Online Exclusive: 5 Issues OSHA Will Target over the Remainder of 2013 … Government Shutdown Reduces OSHA Inspection Force by More Than 90 Percent … 2 workers seriously injured when scaffolding fails. … Turlock farmer to appeal OSHA fines over worker’s lost leg, #safetyawareness … via Raise safety awareness today by sharing this; 24 year old man dies when his lift topples over. … OSHA Cites Georgia Power Co. with $119,000 in violations -- Occupational Health & Safety … Challenge safety conventions that restrict progress | 2013-10-02 | ISHN … Good summary of electrical contact risks for utility workers and electricians; … 10 Ways To Lose Your Best Employees NY Worker Fatally Struck By Forklift All of the safety material one may need for an entire month! … Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  6. 6. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 6 How will your safety committee be better next year than it was this year? Give it a new resource that can make it even more effective and SAVE $4 per book…no limit! The Total Safety Committee Checklist —A Step-by-Step Handbook for Safety Committee Success! Don’t you wish that safety committees came with instructions? After all, our committees are major investments in time and resources, yet they all too often fall short of expectations. Instructions, guidelines and tips for committees are scattered in procedures, sprinkled on the Internet, and scribbled on napkins…until now. The Total Safety Committee Checklist is your one-stop-shop for a month-by-month checklist of safety committee activities. Find both the basic ‘must do’ material for those committees that are just getting started, as well as extra credit items for highly effective committees. Safety committees finally have instructions! Price: $16.95 Save $4.00 per book, use 84PBESHF discount code Click here to order and/or learn more: Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  7. 7. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 7 SAI - - Safety Awareness Items (ideas to get raise your team’s awareness! Dish Soap Take Time to Clean Up the Work Area. Disposable Camera The Jobs Will Come and Go but the Example We Set Will Last Forever. Dog Treat Injuries Are For The Dogs. Donuts Don't Let Safety Fall Through the Hole! Door/Window Alarm Protect What's Most Important, Work Safe. (Note: a door alarm is a small device that fastens to a door or window and sounds an alarm when the window is opened. Cost about $3.00.) 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; Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  8. 8. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 8 ISMA-Involved Safety Meeting Activity Activity: What’s in the Box Estimated Time: 15 minute Safety Meeting, 2 hours prep time Materials Needed: Digital Camera and color printer Reference materials: See ISMA below: The ISMA: Over the course of a week or two, snap a picture of each person in the work group. (If you have them on file for ID badges you can access those). Print pictures and put them in a box. Since it is close to the holidays, you might want to gift wrap the box and make it ‘pretty.’ With the ‘pretty’ box, begin a safety meeting holding the box telling the group that everything needed for safety success is in the box. Let the group guess what might be in the box. If you want more interaction, break the entire group into groups of three instructing each three-some to brainstorm for three minutes on what is in the box. When time is expired, have each group can report on what they think might be in the box. After discussion, let someone draw out a picture. Tell the group for example, “Here is Joe, a secret to our safety success!” Continue to draw pictures until the point is made, the people in the room are our secret to safety success! The Take-a-ways: The secret to safety is people, people that give feedback. Everything needed for safety success was in the box, and in the room. If our workers give and receive safety feedback with the simple focus on a safe work environment, then success will follow— the formula is that simple. Want 101 ISMAs? Check out ISMA (Involved Safety Meeting Activities—101Ways to Get Your People In Involved! at Matt’s website; Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  9. 9. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! SPOT-M –(Safety Picture of the Month) “Who needs PPE?” Could this be you on a weekend? Your weekend habits bleed into the workplace…take the time it takes to do the job right and wear all required PPE. 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 Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE! 9
  10. 10. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 10 The Safety Blog Oh Yeah, and then there is Safety Leadership! It was a typical October day for Granite City (IL) high school, located near St. Louis, MO. When school ended, several members of the lady’s soccer team piled in the back seat of the coach’s car and they headed toward their afternoon game. The only problem was that on the short trip to the game the coach checked into his Twitter account on his smart phone…while driving…70 mph down the interstate! This concerned the student athletes in the back seat so much that one of them snapped a picture of the coach driving while reading his phone. Later, the student shared her concern and picture with a parent. The photo was shared with other parents who quickly became concerned with their children’s safety. Parents moved forward to contact Jim Greenwald, the school’s superintendent. Illinois State Police say this act of driving while reading one’s phone is illegal. As a parent, this is a very troubling example of putting people at-risk with a mindless act. But, short cuts happen each minute in today’s workplace. A May 2010 Business week article entitled “The Peer Principle” said, “In the area of safety, our study found that 93% of employees say they see urgent risks to life and limb…” How we LEAD in safety can make a big difference in eliminating short cuts like the one the soccer coach took, and the ones our employees are taking. Here are four tips to LEAD safety. L- Look at your Shadow. Each one of us casts a leadership shadow. It is a reflection of what we do and what we say. The shadow is cast over those who are watching us at any given moment in time. In the case of the soccer coach, it was his student athletes in the back seat. In your family it may be your children, spouse and/or parents. And, in the workplace it is your coworkers. From time to time, we need to step back and ask what shadow am I casting? I’m sure the soccer coach would cast a different shadow if given the opportunity. What does your shadow say about your leadership? E- Engage in Crisis! There is an old saying, “If there are no good rumors, make one!” This is not what I am suggesting here. Instead ‘engaging in crisis’ points to the fact that leadership in times of calm and routine is easier, but decisions in times of crisis is what your people will remember. It doesn’t matter if it is a small crisis, like a conversation with a crew on a safety rule, and following that rule will mean the job lasts longer. Or, in the electric industry it could be a restoration effort after a major storm that has left tens of thousands of customers out of Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  11. 11. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 11 power. In this case, the entire organization is watching for signals about safe restoration versus ‘timely’ restoration. “Decisions are easy,” Roy Disney said, “when values are clear.” Values are best shown in crisis…what are your safety values? A- Align your words and actions. Being a father to a teenage girl and an eleven year old boy one of my favor quotes is from Robert Fulghum and it says, “Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you." Students were watching their soccer coach. "I think this was a onetime only case in which he was wrong, we brought it to his attention that he was wrong, he knows that he was wrong and it will not happen again," said Superintendent Jim Greenwald. I’m sure that the coach would have told students to never be on the phone when driving…don’t do what I do but do what I say doesn’t work…who is watching you? And, do your words align with your actions? D- Decide to Lead. John Maxwell, bestselling author on leadership has simply defined a leader as, “Someone with influence over another.” The fact is that we are all leaders at any given point in time. At any time someone is watching you, what you are doing, how you are doing it, what you are wearing and how you are carrying yourself. In fact, the soccer coach was a leader when he drove student athletes to a game while checking out Twitter at 70 mph. Leadership understands that people are watching; good leadership simply means that we have decided to influence in a positive and powerful direction. Warren Bennis says, "The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -- that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born." Have you decided to lead? Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  12. 12. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 12 Tools for Pros! What Shape are you in? How Utility Safety Leaders Build a Better SHAPE. By Matt Forck, CSP & JLW Generally speaking, we are not quite as good as we believe we are. If you take a typical college class, for example, and apply a bell curve to that class you know that exactly 50 percent of students would fall in the top half, and that same percentage in the bottom half. Richard Thaler, an American economist, researcher and college professor, has each student take an anonymous survey before they begin one of his MBA classes each semester. One question on that survey asks students to rank where they believe they will fall in the class’s bell curve, such as the top ten percent, top twenty percent, etc. The results of this survey are interesting and can teach us a lesson in utility safety too. Typically less than 5% of the class believes their performance will be below the median (bottom 50% of bell curve) and more than half the class believes they will perform in the top 20% or better! No one ever believes he will be injured on the job. This optimism is the same overconfidence as students ranking themselves in the top of a given class. For students, this optimism may mean that they must adjusted their overconfidence when mid-term grades are mailed home, but when it comes to utility work overconfidence can lead to an injury, or even cost a life. Because of that, we must be realistic and ask what SHAPE we are in. And, if we can stay in SHAPE we will find success and find ourselves in the top of our class. Here are the key points to getting in Utility Safety SHAPE: S = Spirit. Spirit, or energy, is now quickly becoming the one key to employee motivation, engagement and results. One quick question to determine how much energy your team is has is to compare the last funeral you attended with the last safety meeting you attended, which one had more energy? Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz in their insightful book The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal addressed the importance of energy. They wrote, “Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.” They also said, “Leaders are the stewards of organizational energy!” As a leader observe where you invest your energy? Is it around financial returns, operational quotas or safety? Where you spend energy shows your workers what you think is important. Infuse safety with spirit and energy, and find a new shape you didn’t think you had. Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  13. 13. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 13 H = Have a work plan. Job planning is key to finding and eliminating hazards. For example, in the first five months of 2008, the tower industry was saddened and rocked by seven tragedies. The seventh occurred on May 22 as a young man named Joe Reed was climbing a tower outside of Miami, Florida. He fell off the tower and lost his life that day. In response to these workplace fatalities, the National Association of Tower Erectors took the lead by sponsoring a webcast for more than 320 of its members. The message was simple: Hazards must be identified, communicated, then controlled and managed. The best way to do that is by identifying hazards through a job briefing or tailgate session before work begins. In addition, OSHA outlines five key elements to be covered in the briefing: hazards associated with the job, work procedures involved, special precautions, energy source controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements. Failure to have and/or communicate a work plan is a contributing factor in the majority of utility injuries. Plan your work (using OSHA’s guidelines) and work your plan! A = Accountability. A recent study entitled The Peer Principle by Bloomberg Businessweek published in May 2010 stated, “In the area of safety, our study found that 93% of employees say they see urgent risks to life and limb, and yet less than one-fourth of those who see concerns speak up about them. Rather, they wait for bosses or others to take action.” Remarkably, cultures where peer to peer feedback, also called accountability, was the standard practice found this, “Organizations with cultures of peers coaching peers found remarkable success - - and not just in safety. Those supervisors and managers with the strongest safety records were five times more likely to be ranked in the top 20% of their peers in every other area of performance. They were 500% more likely to be stars in productivity and efficiency and employee satisfaction and quality, etc.” Accountability is simply when workers give feedback to each other about safety and at-risk acts. Do you have accountability? P = Personal touch. Tony LaRusa, the third most winning major league baseball manager says that leadership must be personalized. Making leadership personal to each player leads to engagement, and results. When I was a safety supervisor for a major mid-west utility, I served over 400 line workers, substation technicians and heavy equipment operators. With so many people in over twenty locations, there was no way I could see each worker each week, or even each month. So I set up a number of ways to communicate, one way was the personal birthday note. For two straight years, I sent each worker a personal handwritten note on his or her birthday. Some years later, I was in a workgroup and saw one of my notes on the outside of a locker. I found the worker, he was a thirty year veteran who some would have labeled as ‘trouble’ and asked him why he taped his birthday note to the outside of his locker. He said, “In thirty years of working here, no Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
  14. 14. SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 14 one has ever taken the time to write me a note, and say something so kind. I taped it outside my locker so I can see it every day.” Eric Jackson writes, “Sure, people come to work for a paycheck, but that’s not the only reason. In fact, many studies show it’s not even the most important reason. If you fail to care about people at a human level, at an emotional level, they’ll eventually leave you regardless of how much you pay them. Many people assume that it's possible for a person to be an effective leader without being likable. That is technically true, but you may not like the odds. In a study of 51,836 leaders, we found just 27 who were rated at the bottom quartile in terms of likability but in the top quartile in terms of overall leadership effectiveness — that's approximately one out of 2,000.” E = Education. I topped out as a journey lineworker qualified to work 100,000 volts or less in 1997. I transferred to a small town outside Columbia, MO where my crew leader was an old salty foreman named Skip. One day during break Skip took one of our hot sticks and began cleaning it. A ‘hot stick’ is an insulated fiberglass stick used to touch, switch and maneuver voltages as high as 69,000 volts, and it must pass a dielectric test for safety every six months. Given how important these sticks are to line work and to safety, there is a procedure for cleaning them. Skip was using cable cleaner to clean the hot stick which was not an approved cleaner for hot stick. So I told Skip. I explained that we needed to get the approved cleaner, and not use cable cleaner. To his credit he stopped using cable cleaner but only after shaking his head and saying, “What is the world coming too…darn educated lineman.” If we took a loved one to a doctor but the doctor failed to follow a medical procedure which caused much harm to your loved one it would be inexcusable. The utility business is the same way. We are utility professionals. We need to continue our education daily, whether it is around hot sticks or any of the other rules, processes or tools we work with each day. Be an ‘educated linemen’ and be proud of it! Matt Forck, CSP and JLW, is a former journey lineworker and current board certified safety professional and keynote speaker supporting clients in over ten countries. Matt works with clients to eliminate mindless shortcuts including his new safety resource called Bucket List: Eliminate Shortcuts Today to Live Your Dreams Tomorrow. This resource includes safety awareness materials designed to bring focused attention to the elimination of shortcuts through a video, posters, involved safety meeting activities, safety awareness items and more! If you are serious about eliminating short cuts this is your one stop resource. If you could find a month of safety meeting and tailgate materials all for around $100 per safety meeting chances are you would jump at that opportunity…Bucket List is that opportunity! To learn more and find other free resources click onto You can follow Matt on Twitter @safestrat. Matt Forck | | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!