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TapRooT® Holiday Tip: Deck the Halls… Safely (Part 2)

December 12th, 2011 by

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.

Fire Safety

  1. 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.
  2. With artificial trees, look for a fire resistant one.
  3. Don’t use electrical ornaments or lights on trees with metallic leaves or tinsel in them.
  4. Place your tree at least 3 feet away form heat sources, including fireplaces, radiators, and heaters.
  5. 45% of home décor fires start with candles.
  6. 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

Child Safety

  1. Keep children supervised around candles and electrical lights.
  2. Never allow them to use garlands, tree lights, and cords as playthings – they pose a strangulation hazard.
  3. 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.
  4. Cover all unused outlet with electrical tape or plastic covers.

Happy Holidays and stay safe, from all of us at TapRooT®!

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5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Course – Onsite in Milan

November 14th, 2011 by

Thanks to all who made this course a success!

Good luck in your investigations.

2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course in Stavanger, Norway

October 20th, 2011 by

Here are a few photos sent in by TapRooT® instructor, Harry Thorburn.  Looks like a great root cause analysis course — attendees working hard!

Orlando 5-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course Class Pictures

August 5th, 2011 by

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After an intensive but fun two days of work invested already in the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training (as seen in the photos above), the students needed a duck break at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando.

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TapRooT® On-Site Course Photos – Rio Tinto Lynemouth, England

July 29th, 2011 by

TapRooT® Instructor Harry Thorburn sent us these photos from our most recent on-site course in Lynemouth, England. Enjoy!

TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Course Photos: Phalaborwa, South Africa

April 15th, 2011 by

Expert TapRooT® instructor Sanjay Gandhi provided these photos from our most recent TapRooT® 5-Day Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis course in Phalaborwa, South Africa.

Have you ever seen such a colorful venue?

If you enjoyed these photos and want to learn more about our TapRooT® courses around the world, visit us at our 5-Day TapRooT® Course Info page.

We look forward to working with you.

Attend our 5-Day TapRooT® Course in Nairobi!

February 15th, 2011 by

5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training

March 14-18, 2011

Learn all the TapRooT® tools and advanced skills that a Team Leader needs to collect information, analyze root causes, and develop effective fixes that will help your company improve performance.  Find Out More.

Register Now!

Information

Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, was founded as a swampy supply depot for the Uganda Railway.  Far from these humble roots, it blossomed into a political and financial hub of Eastern Africa. Buzzing with residents of African, English, and Middle Eastern descent, Nairobi is home to over 3 million people.

The Maasai name Ewaso Nyirobi, meaning ‘cool waters,’ inspired the city’s name.  Nairobi boasts a comfortable climate, with temperatures ranging from 10-25°C.  Look out from Nairobi on a clear day and you’ll see Mount Kenya and Mount Kilamanjaro rising royally in the distance.

Attractions

Uhuru Gardens – Rest here with a picnic lunch or explore its historic significance: Uhuru Park houses a monument honoring Jomo Kenyatta, the first Kenyan president.

Nairobi National Museum – Travel 10 minutes away from Nairobi’s city center and learn about Kenya’s nature, culture, and history.  This recently renovated museum will reveal to you the beauty and richness of Kenya!

Nairobi Safari Walk – Experience Kenya’s native wildlife.  Don’t know much about the area? A tour guide will happily lead you along to see animals like the bongo, white rhino, albino zebra, wild cats, antelopes, and various primates.

Nairobi City Market – No trip to Nairobi is complete unless you come home laden with beautifully handcrafted Maasai masks, jewelry, or textiles!  Snag your souvenirs and enjoy the buzz of the city market.

Yaya Centre – Treat yourself to Yaya’s high-end shopping mall and delectable dining options.

Dining

Bamboo – Perfect for casual or formal dining, enjoy this elegantly decorated Pan-Asian restaurant specializing in sushi, salad, and soup.

Le Rustique – Come eat on the breezy patio, or dine indoors.  This stylish Mediterranean restaurant creates a new menu each week, making each meal with fresh ingredients and ambiance.  Inside, local artists contribute to a rotating display of artwork, so “no two meals at Le Rustique are the same.”  -Le Rustique

Nairobi Java House – Sit down and relax with friends after the TapRooT® course, or grab your much-needed morning cup o’ joe.  Kenya produces delicious coffees and teas, and Nairobi Java House serves them with style.

Carnivore –  At ‘Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience’, “meat is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts, and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding.”

“The pulsating rhythms of Africa combine to ensure an exciting ambiance.”  -The Tamarind Group

Travel to Nairobi!  Experience its refreshing natural beauty and vivacious cultural buzz, all while attending our 5-Day TapRooT® Team Leader Training!

Register Now!

Bad Day on a Cruise Ship: Boiler Explosion Kills 8 Crew Members Aboard the SS Norway

December 14th, 2010 by

A boiler explosion is a bad way to end the career of an aging cruise ship. But thats what happened to the SS Norway in 2003.

What’s New In The TapRooT® Software?

November 4th, 2010 by

I have received several requests from our San Antonio Summit attendees for a copy of our ‘What’s New In The TapRooT® Software?” breakout session.  So without further ado, here it is…Click Here

What Ron Pryor Has To Say About The Summit

September 6th, 2010 by

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The Summit is rapidly approaching (October 27-29). See the 2010 Summit info at:

http://www.taproot.com/summit.php

Root Cause of this Accident?

August 31st, 2010 by

I think this fits in the Natural Phenomenon / Sabotage category …

Pictures of an Exercise from a 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Course held for Rio Tinto in Australia

August 22nd, 2010 by

Michael Podgomy, one of out TapRooT® Instructors that works for Practical Solutions Group in Australia, send the class photos of a SnapCharT® course exercise held at Rio Tinto’s Tom Price mine.

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Job Opening: Greenville, SC – GE Energy – The Lead Engineer, Operability Analysis – Needs Root Cause Analysis Skills

June 19th, 2010 by

See:

https://xjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_jobdetail.asp?jobId=814219&PartnerId=54&SiteId=5346&type=search&JobReqLang=1&recordstart=1&codes=WB2345

Cockpit Fire: Equipment Failure Root Cause

May 24th, 2010 by

A cockpit fire that forced a United Airlines flight to make an emergency landing was located in a piece of window-heating equipment that was the subject of a safety warning three years ago, accident investigators said Friday.  (http://bit.ly/9s13AA)

According to the article, there have been 29 incidents with this electrical connection over the past 8 years.  Three years ago, in a letter to the FAA, the NTSB recommended that the electrical connection block be replaced.  In 2008, the FAA proposed giving the airlines the option of either inspecting the connections, or replacing the block.  That proposal has still not been approved.

Just a quick calculation shows that, with 29 failures in 8 years, we should expect an average of over 3 failures per year.  This does not take into account a change in the failure rate due to age, inspection results, etc.

Is this really just an equipment failure?  Or is there maybe some human error involved?  It’s a shame to see repeat failures with this much data available.

Pilot Distraction and Checklists: Aborted Take-off Root Causes

May 20th, 2010 by

The Wall Street Journal has reported on 2 instances where the pilots tried to take off without starting one of their engines http://bit.ly/dtA7gw.  They discuss the need for further methods to reduce distractions and make more effective checklists.  Sounds like a TapRooT® Root Cause!

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned #2: This guy must be a cat

November 9th, 2009 by

If a cat has 9 lives, how many lives do people have?  This guy is down 2 lives in 10 seconds.

Worlds Luckiest Man

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