Last week we shared some quick tips and staggering stats on Fall Safety and Electrical Safety during the holiday season. Here are a few tips from The Electrical Safety Foundation International to keep you and your children safe when displaying your decorations.
- Make sure your Christmas tree is fresh, and keep it hydrated by refilling the stand. It will pose less of a fire hazard this way.
- With artificial trees, look for a fire resistant one.
- Don’t use electrical ornaments or lights on trees with metallic leaves or tinsel in them.
- Place your tree at least 3 feet away form heat sources, including fireplaces, radiators, and heaters.
- 45% of home décor fires start with candles.
- An average of 260 homes fires begin with Christmas trees each year, resulting in 12 deaths, 24 injuries, and $16.4 million in damage.
Check out this Fire safety video comparing the flammability of a poorly watered tree and properly watered tree: Click Here
- Keep children supervised around candles and electrical lights.
- Never allow them to use garlands, tree lights, and cords as playthings – they pose a strangulation hazard.
- All small, fragile ornaments and decorations should be placed out of children’s reach, as children may break them and get hurt, or simply put them in their mouth.
- Cover all unused outlet with electrical tape or plastic covers.
Happy Holidays and stay safe, from all of us at TapRooT®!
Inc.com listed links to what they think are the best tips for motivating employees. The article asserts:
” … success of any facet of your business can almost always be traced back to motivated employees. From productivity and profitability to recruiting and retention, hardworking and happy employees lead to triumph.”
Links to articles on motivation Inc.com listed fall into categories ranging from changing corporate culture to non-cash incentives to creating a fun workplace and more.
See the link below and make some positive resolutions for enhancing motivation in your workplace:
To find out more about the Summit, see:
Monday Motivation: The Motivated Student – Do You Think This Would Motivate Any Student To Do Better?Posted: October 29th, 2012 in Human Performance, Performance Improvement, Video
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. prematurely filed Google Inc.’s earnings report with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. Google’s earnings were supposed to be released after the stock markets closed at 3 p.m. Instead, they showed up on the SEC’s Edgar website about 11:30 a.m. Google’s stock dropped as much as 11 percent, to $676 a share, before trading was halted about 20 minutes later at the company’s request.
About an hour after the earnings release, Google issued a statement blaming Chicago-based R.R. Donnelley for the blunder.
(“Glitch on Google Earnings Report under Investigation,” Chicago Tribune, October 19, 2012.)
Why do people think that blame will stop incidents? Haven’t we tried that already? Don’t the incidents just continue? Share your comments below.
Inc. Magazine published a story about the “9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money”. Here’s the list:
1. Be generous with praise.
2. Get rid of the managers.
3. Make your ideas theirs.
4. Never criticize or correct.
5. Make everyone a leader.
6. Take an employee to lunch once a week.
7. Give recognition and small rewards.
8. Throw company parties.
9. Share the rewards—and the pain.
See the complete story at:
What do you think? Good ideas?
One of the things that was discussed at the 2012 Global TapRooT® Summit was fatigue risk management programs. Just thought I’d pass along to readers that Circadian Technologies is having a public course titled:
Developing & Implementing an Effective Fatigue Risk Management System
on November 7-8, 2012, in New Orleans. See the brochure below or click on this link for more info …
The Definition of Human Fatigue
by Martin Moore-Ede, M.D., Ph.D.
Everyone these days is talking about employee fatigue, driver fatigue and fatigue risk management systems. But what exactly is the definition of “fatigue”?
While engineers use the term to describe the irreversible failure of materials as a result of stresses over an extended period of time, the term is also used to describe human impairment in the workplace or on the highway.
In The Definition of Human Fatigue, Dr. Moore-Ede, one of the world’s leading experts on human fatigue, explains the meaning of fatigue and its causes, including extended wakefulness, heavy work, excessive stimulation, illness or stress. Knowing what exactly is meant by human fatigue is critical to reversing it.
CIRCADIAN offers its white papers for free to shift work managers and others interested in improving the health, safety and productivity of the 24/7 workforce.
Throughout our 29 years of working with shiftwork and extended hours operations, CIRCADIAN has written many white papers in response to our clients questions and interests. If you have a question for us, please contact us.
Two Main Street, Suite 310
Stoneham, MA 02180 USA
Course Debuts December 11-12 in Knoxville, TN
There are only a total of 12 seats in the new “Best Practices for Reducing Serious Injuries & Fatalities using TapRooT®” course being offered by SI in December. And half of those are already gone!
The course was developed in response to TapRooT® User requests to help them stop fatalities and serious injuries.
Many TapRooT® Users have multiple programs to improve safety. Yet, despite their best efforts, they continued to have rare but troubling serious injuries and fatalities. Some even had statistics that showed improvements in their lost time rate were not proportional to improvement in their fatality rate. Lost time injuries had been reduced more than serious injuries.
Mark Paradies, President of System Improvements, went to work to discover why this phenomenon might exist and what TapRooT® Users could do to focus on serious injury prevention. His discoveries could refocus your safety improvement efforts.
To share the new insights he worked with Dave Janney (former safety leader at Delta Airlines) and created an interactive course to share practical methods to focus on your most pressing issues and achieve sustained safety improvement.
How can you learn more about this course? See:
Be among the first 12 people to learn strategies that will help your company prevent fatalities.
When was the last time you saved a life?
I remember the first time I saw my daughter, who had a summer job as a lifeguard, save a man and a boy from drowning in a lake. Afterwards I talked to her. She didn’t see it as a big deal. She said she did rescues every week. She didn’t consider it heroic. It was just part of her job.
Several years ago at the TapRooT® Summit, a TapRooT® User approached me to thank me. He said that they had stopped fatalities at their site after learning to apply TapRooT®. He told me that improved performance meant that, over a period of several years, they had saved about five lives at their refinery. He then said …
“Imagine how many TapRooT® Users there are applying TapRooT® around the world …
Easily there are hundreds of lives saved every year!”
Have you found and fixed the root causes of potentially fatal accidents at your site? Then you too have saved a life – or maybe more than one life.
Try not to become complacent about the lives you are saving. Celebrate your success. Tell others about the good job they are doing. Make sure that management knows about the lives saved.
And never stop improving.
As my boss in the Navy, Captain Willian J. Rodriguez, told me:
“If you’re not pedaling, you’re going downhill.”
Don’t become complacent about saving lives.
Keep up the good work.
And when you can, enlist others in this great cause.
Consumer Reports published an article about teenage and older person fatality rates. They had this graph…
Here is something interesting that you can learn …
Did you know that the human brain doesn’t fully develop the ability to assess risk until about age 25? Now look at the graph above. Look at the fatality reduction post age 25.
Now think … what are you doing to keep your (<25) year old workers safe in all situations where they make make poor risk decisions?
In our family we did what the article recommended – a graduated driving program.
First, kids weren’t allowed to obtain their full licenses until they were 17.
Next, we talked to them extensively about the risk of driving before we let them start driving independently and kept that as limited as possible (no friends in the car – only family for the first year). We did a lot of “critiqued” driving with them even after they had their full license. We also had them take advanced (beyond high school drivers ed) classes put on by our local police.
And we didn’t get them high powered vehicles.
How could you take the same approach with young employees?
Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: UK RAIB Report on a Track Worker Struck by a Train at Stoats Nest Junction, 12 June 2011Posted: August 27th, 2012 in Accidents, Current Events, Human Performance, Investigations
Here’s a link to a report by the UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch about a train that struck a worker near the tracks:
How do you keep your workers safe from moving vehicles?
One interesting point in this report was that the train’s horn probably could not be heard by the track workers because of the noise generated by the equipment they were using.
Recent press coverage of fatal accidents …
The Associated Press: Kraft Food employee killed in fork lift accident
The Associated Press: Man electrocuted in constrution accident
The Southern Illinoisan: Illinois man, 70, dies in accident at Iowa auction
The Marin Independent: Report: Lack of ‘prudent seamanship’ led to fatal Farallones yacht accident
In a recent article by Circadian Technologies, they suggested that the idea temperature to maintain alertness in 24 hour (shift work) environments was between 66º to 68º F.
Wow! That seems cool! See the whole article here …
How do you keep people alert? What influences your alertness? Find out about the nine switches that Dr. Martin Moore-Ede has described in his book, The 24 Hour Society. Here’s the link …
I recently received an inquiry asking me, “What is the test to assure true root cause is found? We use the “Why-Why” Analysis.”
Using one of the “why” methods (“Why-Why”, 5-Why’s, etc) unfortunately leads many investigators to question their methodology. That’s because, after using it once or twice, it becomes pretty obvious that these methods are 100% dependent on the experience and biases of the investigator. If you’re a training person, amazingly enough, your “why” analysis leads you to training problems. If you’re a quality person, you end up with quality-related issues.
That’s because these methods do not give you any expert guidance to get beyond the investigator’s current level of knowledge. For example, if you don’t know anything about “human engineering” (what color should an alarm light be? what shape valve hand wheel should be used?), you will never look for these problems. You will only find problems you’re already familiar with, and therefore you will only put corrective actions in place that you have probably already tried in the past.
The question posed is exactly the right question. “How do I know I’ve found the real root cause?” The bad news is that only a highly-trained human performance expert can answer that without some type of expert guidance. The good news is, TapRooT® was designed to give you exactly that expert guidance.
TapRooT® was designed by human performance experts to guide the normal investigator toward the true root causes that a highly-trained expert would find. It does this by supplying a series of simple “yes/no” questions that you answer in the course of your investigation. The answers to those question will quickly narrow you down to the true root causes of human performance or equipment failures that actually led to the accident. Once you have these root causes, you can then apply effective corrective actions to eliminate them, preventing similar human performance mistakes in the future.
Now, instead of ending up with corrective actions like, “Counseled the operator on the importance of opening the correct valve” (like he doesn’t already know that!), you can now find out why he opened the wrong valve. You can be confident that the root causes you have found are real, proven root causes… the real reasons good people make mistakes.
To directly answer the question, “why” methodologies will not consistently get you to true root causes. There is no test built into those methods to verify root causes are found. There’s no electronic “magic bullet” that can work around the weaknesses in those systems. You’ll have to go outside those methodologies to get there. Give TapRooT® a try! We guarantee you’ll be satisfied with the results.
Mark Paradies spoke at the IIE Conference about the “7 Secrets of Root Cause Analysis” this week. The Industrial Engineers present were very interested in going beyond common problem solving tools like 5-Whys and Cause and Effect and asked some great questions.
To see the paper the talk is based on, CLICK HERE.
Here is an accident report from the BSEE (Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement of the US Department of the Interior):
How many times have you seen similar accidents with unprotected holes on construction sites, oil platforms, or in other locations with work that makes “temporary” openings?
It would seem that anyone supervising work should know better.
Yet the report says that the company blamed the roustabout who fell to his death through the hole because he was, “…distracted by concern for a family issue at home.”
The report says:
“This same story that the accident was caused by a lack of concentration by a distracted Roustabout, was repeated in the initial report to BOEMRE, in interviews by Supervisor, Company Man, and by management of Alliance, and was written into the accident investigation report by Contractor and Operator. The only reason given in statements for this conclusion was that the Roustabout had spoken of it at breakfast and had tried to rearrange his shift to accommodate the family issue.”
OK TapRooT® Users, what do you think. Is “lack of concentration” a root cause? Did the company do a thorough investigation? Could they tell everyone to “be more careful” and resume work as usual? Was the BSEE right to question the adequacy of the contractor and the operator?
Read the report and let me know what you think.
See the NTSB press release here:
Next, see the second half of the video of the NTSB Board meeting here:
See the NTSB investigation summary here:
See a web archive of the video of the NTSB Board meeting here:
See the press coverage here: