Archive for the ‘Distraction Free’ Category

I was on my way back to Dallas from Denver last Friday and was taking the train to my terminal.   A gentleman jumped on the train as the doors were closing – he was wearing GOOGLE GLASSES.   A couple of weeks before this, I saw a news article about this technology and how doctors are using this during surgery.   They are able to see the patients vital signs without looking away from their task at hand.   I asked this guy on the train about his GOOGLE GLASSES.   He told me that he was in the technology field and loves them.   He told me he can voice text and see everything right in front of him.

My brief conversation got me wondering how GOOGLE GLASSES  will make our world a safer place – how distractions will be eliminated.   People will never have to take their eyes off the road to talk, text or e-mail.   While I don’t agree with texting or emailing while driving, it is exponentially better and safer using GOOGLE GLASSES rather than the traditional method.

I’m a supporter of technology and GOOGLE GLASSES as it relates to safety – what about you?

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

I have looked at our historical safety statistics and see a trend that I don’t like – the SUMMER BLUES.   Each year we have experienced our most incidents during the months of July and August.   We still conduct our new hire safety orientation, our weekly safety training, and enforce all of our safety policies and procedures.   Why do we have the SUMMER BLUES?   When you peel back the onion, the type of incident is all over the board – Slip Trip and Fall, Ergonomics, Cuts, etc. – there is no one type of incident that is driving this.   Incidents are occurring at facilities in the North as well as the South, East as well as the West – there is no specific geographic location that is driving this.   Incidents are occurring at facilities that are not working overtime along with facilities that are working overtime.

The only way I can explain this is safety awareness.   We have become distracted with increased volumes, vacations, heat, etc,  that we create a self-induced SUMMER BLUES.   We need to double our efforts to heighten safety awareness.   We need to work safety awareness into everything that we do.   We want each of our employees to think about safety as much as they are thinking about their vacation!

I will ensure that we eliminate SUMMER BLUES and heighten safety awareness – what about you?

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

DISTRACTED DRIVING is already a problem in the United States.   As our society is becoming more and more electronic savvy, this problem will continue to increase.   In fact, this problem will grow exponentially:  From 2009 to 2011 – texting has doubled to 196 billion messages per month!

Here are some facts about DISTRACTED DRIVING:

  • In 2009, over 5,000 people were killed and an estimated 448,000 injured through distracted driving.
  • 40% of all American teens say they have “been in a car when the driver used a cell phone that put people in danger”.
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.
  • Texting creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
  • Sending or receiving an e-mail or text takes the drivers eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.  That’s equivalent of driving blindfolded the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour.
  • Using a cell phone while driving delays a driver’s reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol level of .08 percent (legally drunk).

What are we doing about this problem?   Certain Cities, Counties, and States have passed hands-free laws – but is this enough?   I don’t think so.  Plenty of research has been conducted on the subject which supports the need to completely ban texts and e-mailing as well as talking on cell phones while driving (both hand-on and hands-free).

I recently read about a new product developed by Location Labs that prevents the use of cell phones and texting while driving.   Through the use of GPS technology, it senses when you are driving and routes all calls to voice mail and automatically responds to any text or e-mail that is received indicating that you are driving and will respond when you reach your destination.  I completely support the adoption of this technology in all cell phones.

I support a change to remove distractions while driving – what about you?

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

DISTRACTIONS, DISTRACTIONS……DISTRACTIONS!   Life today is full of distractions.  Most people have a variety of “electronic gadgets” such as cell phones, smart phones, laptops, desktops, tablets, GPS, etc, etc……   This is creating an environment of “distracted living”, “distracted driving”, and of “distracted working”.

In a recent USA Today article, drivers do not need much to be distracted.   This article was a result of a recent study conducted by MIT.  Now take this theory one step further – to the workplace.    Can you imagine allowing someone to drive a forklift while using a cell phone?   Can you imagine allowing someone to operate a piece of machinery while using a cell phone?   No way!   Companies need to ensure that they have a distraction free workplace which forbids the use of cell phones and other electronic gadgets while working.

As a leader, don’t you want to create the safest workplace possible?   It is your responsibility to prevent accidents.   I am going to educate and reinforce a “distraction free” workplace – what are you going to do?

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