Author Archives: Barb Phillips

Understanding & Stopping Human Error – EXCLUSIVE 2-Day Course

Posted: April 29th, 2016 in Best Practice Presenters, Human Performance, Summit

LEARN MORE about this course.

This course is scheduled for August 1-2, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas just prior to the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit.

Create a Customized Schedule for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Posted: April 29th, 2016 in Summit

Did you know that your Global TapRooT® Summit schedule is completely customizable? You can choose to add an exclusive 2-day Pre-Summit course or choose to switch sessions on your Summit track. Click the image below to go to the video and learn how.

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How to Create a Personalized Schedule
for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit

Register now!

AFL-CIO releases “Death on the Job” Report

Posted: April 28th, 2016 in Accidents, Root Causes

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For the 25th year, the AFL-CIO has produced a report about the the state of safety and health for American workers. The report states that in 2014, 4,821 workers were killed on the job in the U.S., and approximately 50,000 died from occupational diseases. This indicates a loss of 150 workers each day from hazardous conditions.

READ the full report.

TapRooT® Around the World: Las Vegas

Posted: April 27th, 2016 in Courses, Pictures, Training

Shout out to TapRooT® instructor, Heidi Reed, for sending in these great course photos from Las Vegas.

You have just one more chance to take TapRooT® training in Vegas in 2016 at that is December 5.  

I know it’s far out but time flies.  Mark your calendar and make plans to end the year on a high note!

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TapRooT® Around the World: Greece

Posted: April 27th, 2016 in Courses, Training

Special thanks to TapRooT® instructor, Derek Rutherford, who sent in these great pictures from a recent onsite TapRooT® course in Athens, Greece.

Want to find out how our training can be a perfect fit for your company’s needs? Contact us and request a quote or licensing information from our Implementation Specialists. We can come to your site and train.

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Confidential Medical Records Leak Sinks $4.6 Million Company

Posted: April 27th, 2016 in Current Events, Medical/Healthcare, Summit

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What are the lessons learned from this incident?

Everything was going great for Michael Daughtery, owner of LabMD, a company that tested blood, urine, and tissue samples for urologists. He was living the dream. That is, until one of his managers who had been using LimeWire file-sharing to download music inadvertently shared patient medical records with it. It was a violation of company policy to have it on her computer.

The story goes from bad to worse. Read “A leak wonded this company. Fighting the Feds finished it off” on Bloomberg.

In one day, your whole life could change.  Wouldn’t it be great if you never got that phone call that disaster has struck your company?

We have several exclusive Pre-Summit Courses coming up in August that can help you keep your company from facing a crisis such as this.  TapRooT® for Audits, Understanding and Stopping Human Error, Risk Assessment & Management and more.

View them here.

We also offer a Medical track immediately following the special 2-day courses at the 3-day Global TapRooT® Summit.  Learn more here.

We hope to meet you in San Antonio, Texas during Global TapRooT® Summit week to help you solve your business-critical issues.

TapRooT®: Committed to your Career Development!

Posted: April 27th, 2016 in Career Development, Career Development Tips

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TapRooT® offers so much for your career development!  From training to root cause tips to motivational articles … we are committed to bringing value to your work week.

If you are not already a subscriber, subscribe to our Tuesday eNewsletter and don’t miss a thing!

Contact Barb at editor@taproot.com to subscribe today to get each week’s news delivered in one convenient eNewsletter.

Monday Motivation: Strong to the finish!

Posted: April 25th, 2016 in Career Development, Career Development Tips, Wisdom Quote

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Do you have a habit of committing to things, but not finishing them? While getting started is the first step to something great, many of us get stuck on the second step … thinking but not doing. Seldom do we consider the challenges that were not visible when we first started toward a goal.  However, a goal without commitment will never be reached unless you take action to overcome those challenges.

Where have you dropped your commitment?  What one action can you take today to pick it up?

Ken Reed Invites You to The Asset Optimization Track at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit

Posted: April 22nd, 2016 in Best Practice Presentations, Equipment/Equifactor®, Summit, Summit Videos, Video, Video Depot

The Global TapRooT® Summit offers multiple focused learning tracks for performance improvement. This video introduces the Asset Optimization Track. Come to the Summit and maximize improvement at your company!


Starring Ken Reed. Produced by Benna Dortch.

Learn more about the Summit!

Interested in the Safety Track?  Learn about it here!

Why Register for the Summit Now? You Still Have a Chance to Get THREE Prize Drawing Tickets!

Posted: April 18th, 2016 in Summit

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Register early! Get more chances to win a great prize!

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We are giving away an Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch to the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit early bird prize drawing winner and you’ll have a better chance if you register now!

Here’s how it works:

  • Register after April 15 but on or before May 15 and receive THREE tickets in the drawing.
  • Register after May 15 but on or before June 15 and receive ONE ticket in the drawing.

The early registration drawing will be held at the Kickoff Session, Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at The Westin Riverwalk (You must be present to win!). This drawing is in addition to the other prize giveaways we have planned for the 2016 Summit.

If you are planning to register for the Summit, don’t delay!

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Remembering an Accident: SS Grandcamp Explosion

Posted: April 16th, 2016 in Accidents

On April 16, 1947, the Texas City Disaster occurred in the Port of Texas City. It is considered one of the deadliest industrial accidents in the U.S. history. This incident killed a minimum of  581 people and there were 8,485 victims. It even claimed some of the lives of the rescue workers. Because of this disaster it was the first time a class action lawsuit was filled against the United States government under the the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).

What Happened?

The French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp that was docked in the Texas port caught fire. It was carrying 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate, which is extremely explosive. Once the SS Grandcamp exploded it caused a chain-reaction of fires and explosions through out the port and other near by oil-storage facilities.

To read more about this disaster please click on the link below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_disaster

Did you know our 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training is for those who want to learn the essential and advanced TapRooT® Techniques and to use the TapRooT® Software (by using it in training).  TapRooT® can be used proactively before a major incident happens!  Learn more about the 5-day at:

http://www.taproot.com/courses#5-day-root

 

TapRooT® in Houston

Posted: April 12th, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Linda and I enjoyed talking to two of our TapRooT® clients, Ken and Jeff, at the AICHe CCPS Conference. Stop by the booth and see us!

LAST WEEK to Register and Receive FIVE Prize Drawing Tickets!

Posted: April 11th, 2016 in Summit

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Register early! Get more chances to win a great prize!

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We are giving away an Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch to the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit early bird prize drawing winner!  This is the LAST WEEK to register and receive five prize drawing tickets!

Here’s how it works:

  • Register on or before April 15 and receive FIVE tickets in the drawing.
  • Register after April 15 but on or before May 15 and receive THREE tickets in the drawing.
  • Register after May 15 but on or before June 15 and receive ONE ticket in the drawing.

The early registration drawing will be held at the Kickoff Session, Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at The Westin Riverwalk (You must be present to win!). This drawing is in addition to the other prize giveaways we have planned for the 2016 Summit.

If you are planning to register for the Summit, don’t delay!

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Root Cause Analysis Training in Denver!

Posted: April 7th, 2016 in Courses

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There’s still time to grab a seat in our upcoming course May 2 in Denver, Colorado but don’t wait too long.  Limited seats are available! This is the ONLY 5-Day Advanced Root Cause Analysis course on the schedule for Denver in 2016.

The 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training is for those who want to learn the essential and advanced TapRooT® Techniques and to use the TapRooT® Software (by using it in training).

Advanced TapRooT® Techniques include:

  • Cognitive Interviewing – an advanced interviewing technique that helps the interviewee recall more information.
  • Change Analysis – an information collection and analysis technique that compares successful performance to the incident or reliable equipment performance to unreliable equipment to discover problems.
  • Safeguards Analysis – a method to evaluate defenses, identify causal factors, and improve corrective action.
  • Critical Human Action Profile (CHAP) – an information collection method used to develop a detailed profile of a specific task involved in a human error caused incident.
  • Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting – expanded equipment troubleshooting tables from equipment reliability expert Heinz Bloch.

Advanced root cause analysis techniques drill deeper into the causes of human error and equipment failure. These techniques help investigators lead teams investigating difficult problems, and help them use TapRooT® proactively to stop accidents from happening.

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Request our brochure: editor@taproot.com

Career Development Tips: When the Interviewer says, “So tell me about yourself!”

Posted: April 4th, 2016 in Career Development, Career Development Tips

What do you think when you hear “so tell me about yourself!” in an interview?  Do you start to panic?  Do you wonder how much personal information to give? Do you wonder if the interviewer even took the time to prepare for the interview (after all, you sent him your resume that tells everything about your experience).

When an interviewer asks that question, he is often using it as an ice-breaker to find out if you will fit into the culture and perform well on-the-spot.  Here is how to use this question to your advantage.

  1. Take the opportunity. While you may feel awkward talking about yourself, it’s really a golden opportunity. Think of it as an invitation to tell your potential employer what you want them to know about you and what makes you unique.
  2. Steer toward your personal strengths. Instead of waiting to see what the interviewer will do, you can steer the discussion toward your strengths and concerns. A good opening will prompt the interviewer to ask follow-up questions about areas where you shine.
  3. Determine your fit. Remember that you’re evaluating the company while they’re screening you. Do you sense a connection with the interviewer, especially if they’ll be your supervisor? Are they listening attentively or shuffling papers? Your initial rapport may suggest what your working relationship will be lik
  4. Tell stories. You’re more than a list of keywords. Share interesting anecdotes that will make the interviewer remember you in a positive light.
  5. Create interest. Your self-description is like a movie trailer or the first chapter of a novel. Instead of trying to cram in your whole life story, make the interviewer want to hear more.

Walk into your next job interview ready and eager to talk about yourself and why you’re an outstanding candidate for the position. Focusing on the intersection between your strengths and the interviewer’s needs will help you to find a job you’ll love.

WIN a Fitbit in the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit Early Bird Prize Drawing!

Posted: April 1st, 2016 in Summit

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Register early! Get more chances to win a great prize!

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We are giving away an Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch to the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit early bird prize drawing winner!

Here’s how it works:

  • Register on or before April 15 and receive FIVE tickets in the drawing.
  • Register after April 15 but on or before May 15 and receive THREE tickets in the drawing.
  • Register after May 15 but on or before June 15 and receive ONE ticket in the drawing.

The early registration drawing will be held at the Kickoff Session, Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at The Westin Riverwalk (You must be present to win!). This drawing is in addition to the other prize giveaways we have planned for the 2016 Summit.

If you are planning to register for the Summit, don’t delay!

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit!

Dave Janney invites you to the Safety Track at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit

Posted: March 30th, 2016 in Summit, Summit Videos, Video, Video Depot

The Global TapRooT® Summit offers multiple focused learning tracks for performance improvement. This video introduces the Safety Track. Come to the Summit and maximize improvement at your company!


Starring Dave Janney. Produced by Benna Dortch.

LEARN MORE about the Summit, August 1-5, 2016, San Antonio, Texas.

Interested in Asset Optimization?  Learn about that track here!

TapRooT® in Hamburg, Germany

Posted: March 18th, 2016 in Courses, Pictures

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TapRooT® is in Hamburg!

Ken Reed is lucky to be teaching a TapRooT® course in the vibrant city of Hamburg this week, and even luckier to have this group in class! Shout out to Hamburg from Knoxville, Tennessee!

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TapRooT® training is available around the globe!  Check out our upcoming courses:  Course schedule.

2016 Global TapRooT® Summit: Book your room at the Summit Hotel

Posted: March 15th, 2016 in Summit

Why book your room in the TapRooT® Summit room block?

Well, we don’t have just ONE reason, we have TWENTY reasons you need to stay there!

Learn more about the room block:  http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/hotel-travel

Learn more about the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

TapRooT® in Bogota!

Posted: March 11th, 2016 in Courses, Pictures

Here is a recent class photo from Bogota.  We hope to see you in one of our course photos soon!

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Click course photo to view upcoming courses in Latin America!

Remembering an Accident: Courrières Mine Disaster

Posted: March 10th, 2016 in Accidents

On March 10, 1906, the worst European mining disaster occurred killing 1,099 workers. An underground fire caused a massive coal dust explosion, causing a chain reaction through out the vast mine.

What Happened? 

Around 3pm on March 9, a fire began in the Cecil pit. The workers tried to extinguish the fire but nothing was working. They decided to close the pit outlets and starve the fire of all its’ oxygen. Believing the mine was safe to enter 1,795 workers entered the mines. Later that morning a huge explosion came from the Cecil pit. The fire was still smoldering and there were fissures in the walls that let in flammable gases that became ignited by the fire.

When the gases ignited flames and debris shoot out of the tunnels opening. Many of the miners suffered sever burn injuries. It wasn’t until the flames subdued when a rescue party of 40 men descended into the tunnels. Unfortunately, the rescue men paid the ultimate price. While descending into the mines tunnels the shaft collapsed killing all 40 men.

To read more about this unfortunate disaster please click on the link below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courri%C3%A8res_mine_disaster

Learn more about how to find and fix root causes of potential accidents here:

http://www.taproot.com/products-services/about-taproot

Why San Antonio? Why not??

Posted: March 3rd, 2016 in Local Attractions

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San Antonio offers the world to its visitors . . . and the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit in August is the perfect opportunity to bring your family for some fun!

If you appreciate culture and history, San Antonio’s Market Square is an ideal representation of preserving the City’s Spanish and Mexican culture for present and future generations. And who can think of San Antonio without thinking of The Alamo? A visit to The Alamo’s Shrine and Long Barrack Museum will also introduce you to the rich heritage of the City.

Just around the corner from The Alamo is the Rivercenter Mall (located on San Antonio’s famous River Walk). The Mall offers 125 stores, dining and entertainment. (Visit The Shops at LaCantera for another upscale shopping experience!) While you are at the Rivercenter Mall, you can purchase tickets for a boat tour (provided by Rio San Antonio Cruises) or you may choose to enjoy the natural beauty of the “Paseo del Rio” (Walk of the River) by foot.

You may also want to visit The King William Historic District which covers a 25 square block area and is Texas’ first Historic Neighborhood District.

You will be delighted at your choices of restaurants. Biga on the Banks, EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill and, for Texas-sized portions, Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe are just a few recommended to me by a friend and local resident.

Arrive in San Antonio a day or two early, and you’ll have time to spend at your choice of several popular tourist attractions including:

SeaWorld San Antonio,

Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and the

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And don’t leave the Alamo City without a final spectacular view from the 750-foot high deck of The Tower of the Americas.

LEARN MORE about the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit!

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