Archive for March, 2013

I recently read a news story this week where an individual was killed during the filming of the upcoming movie “The Lone Ranger”.   The producer of the film – Silver Bullet Productions, Inc.  – was fined $60,000 for various safety violations.   Regardless of the industry, all employers have an obligation to provide a safe work environment.   Every employee should return home to their families every day in the same shape that they came to work.   It is unacceptable for anybody to be injured, let alone killed, on the job.   Since this event happened during the filming of “The Lone Ranger” starring Johnnie Depp, I am going to BOYCOT this film.   Perhaps I will be the only one who takes this stance – perhaps others will follow.

I can not support a company where employees are killed – I am going to BOYCOT this film.     What are you going to do?

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434

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PROUD

Posted: March 20, 2013 in Leadershio, Safety Culture
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I am PROUD of the participation that we have been receiving on our monthly safety calls,  I am PROUD of the way our culture continues to change, and I am PROUD of our results and safety record.    We have set safety records in each of the last three years – each year being better than the previous year.   Our TCIR and LTIR are knocking on being “world class”.    In 2013 through today, we would “blow away” the most revered companies in terms of safety (Alcoa, DuPont, etc).   I am PROUD of the accomplishments the team has made!

I am going to congratulate and celebrate because I am PROUD of the team!!!  What are you going to do?

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434

I recently read this news story about a Mississippi employer who was fined when an employee fell into an unguarded screw conveyor while cleaning the machine and was killed.    The OSHA investigation turned up 43 violations – 37 of them were serious.  The proposed penalty is $160,000.

When I read a story like this I am DISGUSTED in two ways.   First, I am DISGUSTED with the employer who did not provide a safe workplace and allowed for an employee to be killed.   This same employer that had 37 serious violations during the OSHA inspection!    Secondly, I am DISGUSTED with OSHA for their penalties.   OSHA needs to make their proposed fines  starting at $1 million for any workplace fatality.   This will force companies to take workplace safety seriously.

As employers, we shouldn’t be motivated by the fear of large fines to do the right thing.   We should always provide a safe working environment – it’s our responsibility.   We need to truly embrace the notion that it is unacceptable for anybody to get hurt, no matter how minor.   Every one of our employees should go home in the same shape that they came to work each day.

I am going to send a letter to OSHA this week and explain that I am DISGUSTED with the proposed fines for fatalities.   What are you going to do?

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434

In 2013, we recently started a new program where we ask one facility to SHARE something that they have done in the past 6 months, that has not been done at their facility before, that positively changed the safety culture at their facility.    I was very proud how well this new idea was received.   We had volunteers line up to SHARE their items over the next few months.

What I have learned is that we need to continue to keep safety in the forefront of everyone’s mind.   We need to come up with new, creative ways to talk about safety.   We need to continue to be contemporary and creative.   We can not take our eye off of the ball or sit back and relax.    We need to SHARE ideas, incidents, thoughts, things that work, and things that didn’t work.

I am glad that our new SHARE program in 2013 is a success so far – it’s time to start thinking about what’s next.   What are you doing to keep safety on the forefront of everyone’s mind?   Please SHARE!

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434