This week I ‘d like to introduce you to the new toggle system found in the TapRooT® VI software. The toggle system allows you to customize your preferences on how you use the software including:
-Performing a BASIC investigation (for minor incidents) or a MAJOR investigation (for more complex incidents)
-Using the Root Cause Tree® as a QUESTION view or using the classic TREE view.
-Creating Corrective Actions using a SIMPLE method or a SMARTER form.
Watch the video to see how these features make TapRooT® VI a completely flexible, customizable software solution.
Technically Speaking is a weekly series that highlights various aspects of our Version 5 software, introduces you to the upcoming TapRooT® VI release and occasionally includes a little Help Desk humor.
Remember, just because it’s technical, doesn’t mean it has to be complicated!
Special thanks to TapRooT® Instructor, Jim Whiting for sending in the video.
Automation versus manual human control … the result? Tesa predicts a 50% reduction in crashes even with their first version (and more with later revisions).
Here is the story …
Here’s the video – go to the 22 minute point to watch the comments about autonomous driving cars.
What do you think? Will automation drastically cut the accident rate?
For one mom, it looked like her vacation cruise ship pulling away from the dock without her but with her children on it.
Lesson learned: Don’t miss the boat.
Electrical energy helps us in many ways, but when it is misused and an arc flash occurs … perhaps this video will help people get the message that arc flash precautions are important!
WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT AT VARIOUS POINTS – DON’T WATCH IF YOU WILL BE UPSET
Want to learn more about arc flash safety? We have a session about it at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit. The session titled “Arc Flash Prevention” is from 1:40-2:50 on Thursday in the Safety Best Practices Track.
Scott King and Terry Butler will present Employee and contractor protection utilizing general electrical principles as referenced by OSHA and NFPA 70E 2015 guidelines and qualified low voltage safety training.
Learning Objectives for this session include:
- Provide an overview of the importance of Arc Flash Safety
- Understanding Electrical Hazards
- Safe Work Practices
- Incident Energy Exposure Levels
- Risk Assessment Analysis
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Safety Training
See the complete 2106 Global TapRooT® Summit schedule at:
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Since 2011 more than 2,000 accidents involving horses and riders have occurred on Britain’s roads.
Here is a video with lessons learned about a fatal accident involving equipment (a scissor lift).
But there is an additional lesson that we can learn.
Every worksite should have a supervisor perform a quick Safeguard Analysis before people start work.
In this case, power lines were an obvious hazard (high voltage). And getting equipment with booms or lifts near them would cause the natural Safeguard (distance) to fail. If this Safeguard Analysis had been performed proactively, the worker could have been warned OR the actions (visually warnings and signage) could have been implemented to prevent the fatality.
Don’t wait for a fatality. Use TapRooT® to proactively prevent fatalities.
Would you like to learn to use TapRooT® to look for problems before accident, quality problems, and other failures happen? Then you should attend the upcoming TapRooT® for Audits Course on August 1-2 in San Antonio, Texas (just before the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit on August 3-5). Register here:
Have you ever had a boss that you needed to fire?
A boss that is:
- hurting your company,
- damaging peoples’ careers, and
- miserable to work for.
I was making a list of the great leaders and mentors that I’ve had and that got me to think of the few really bad people that I’ve worked for.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t fire the bad ones.
In one case, I was in the military. In the military, you have no choice of who you work for. I know that movies make fragging (killing your boss) seem like an option in combat but I never considered that as an option. (Although, my Dad did during WWII. His wing commander was getting multiple pilots killed by bad calls. But he was lucky and didn’t have to choose between his commander and his fellow pilots. The Germans shot him down and the problem went away … although the bad boss survived).
In the second case, the boss was a miserable soul. His only thought was getting himself ahead – he wanted to be a VP (which he eventually accomplished). Luckily, he “traded” me away (think baseball trades) for someone else to advance his agenda. It was great getting out from under his “leadership.”
I guess what really makes these two bad bosses seem even worse are the great leaders that I’ve worked for and known.
Therefore, here is my advice…
If you don’t have a great boss at a great company, fire your boss.
How do you do that?
Find a great boss at a great company that wants you. Get yourself traded.
The other possibility is to make YOU the boss by starting your own company. This has it’s own rewards and problems. (For example, you may not feel comfortable living without the safety net of a big corporation.)
Or you could just wait. (This might be a miserable existence waiting for someone to either fire, transfer, or promote your boss,)
But I’d suggest NOT waiting.
Life is too short to live with a miserable boss.
And for those living under a bad boss, here’s a song for you …
The Global TapRooT® Summit offers multiple focused learning tracks for performance improvement. This video introduces the Quality Track. Come to the Summit and maximize improvement at your company!
Starring Chris Vallee. Produced by Benna Dortch.
Interested in the Investigation Track? Learn about it here!
Interested in the Asset Optimization Track? Learn about it here!
Interested in the Safety Track? Learn about it here!
The following is a video of a fatal accident. The vehicle drove around a tow truck sent to block the underpass and past a worker waiving his arms to stop her. She drove into water about 17 feet deep. DON’T watch the video if it will upset you. For others, hopefully you can use this to teach others to avoid standing water during flooding.
The explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant was thought to have been a tragic accident. However, the Associated Press has reported that the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and Explosives Agency (ATF) has said that the fire that caused the explosion was “intentionally set.”
Here is a TV report link:
This is a TV report from 2007 …
Truthfully, we could make the same video today.
Why haven’t we made more progress to improve patient safety?
Each year we have a Track at the Global TapRooT® Summit about improving patient safety. If the good practices we present each year had been implemented across the country … we would be much better off.
Interested in learning best practices to improve patient safety? Sign up for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit in San Antonio, Texas (August 1-5). See the complete schedule by CLICKING HERE. And see the Pre-Summit Courses at this link: http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/pre-summit-courses.
Then register for the summit at:
This video has a few four letter words so turn your sound off if you would be offended … but the footage is spectacular.
Certainly was an impressive way to arrive for the prom. But a bad day for the pilot!
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!
Interested in the Investigator Track? Learn more about it here!
This is a great flashback. Remember when we were this young? It wasn’t all that long ago. And everything we said then is still true today – just even more so!
Don’t miss the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit in San Antonio, Texas, on August 1-5. See:
Improve your root cause analysis.
- Learn best practices
- Refresh your TapRooT® skills
- Be inspired!
- Get motivated!
That’s what the Global tapRooT® Summit is all about.