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Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: How to Stop a Pellet Plant Explosion

Posted: October 16th, 2017 in Accidents

“One single ounce of oxygen. That’s all it would have taken for an explosion to have occurred… ”

While the potential for explosion is common for this industry, new learnings and experiences are being shared so that the industry is safer.

Read How to Stop a Pellet Plant Explosion on Canadian Biomass Magazine

TapRooT® Around the World

Posted: October 13th, 2017 in Pictures, Training

We were busy in Lake Charles this week!  Thanks, Angie Comer, for this great class photo!

Friday Joke

Posted: October 13th, 2017 in Jokes

TapRooT® Around the World: Intralox

Posted: October 12th, 2017 in Courses, Pictures

TapRooT® Instructor, Steve Swarthout sent us this course photo from this onsite course this week. Thanks, Steve!

If you have ten or more people to train and are interested in finding out more information about scheduling an onsite course, contact us.

TapRooT® Around the World: Arab Potash

Posted: October 9th, 2017 in Courses, Pictures, TapRooT

TapRooT® instructor, Heidi Reed sent these class photos from 1300 feet below sea level! Looks like a great class!

 

TapRooT® Around the World

Posted: October 6th, 2017 in Courses

It’s a wrap! Dave Janney & I had a great week with this group at our Knoxville 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training. It’s not too late to get in the picture.  Here are some upcoming 5-day courses:

October 16: Orlando, Florida

October 23: Bogota, Colombia (Spanish)

October 30: Reykjavik, Iceland

November 13: Brisbane, Australia

November 13: New Orleans

November 27: Johannesburg, South Africa

November 27: Monterrey, Mexico

November 27: Perth, Australia

December 4: Edmonton, AB

December 11: Houston Texas

Friday Joke: No need to take the blame…

Posted: October 6th, 2017 in Jokes

when you can share it!

Interviewing & Evidence Collection Tip: Get More Out of Interviews

Posted: October 5th, 2017 in Investigations, Root Cause Analysis Tips

Where can you find a good portion of information to complete your SnapCharT®? Interviews! And how do we obtain interviews? People!

Why do we often forget that we are collecting information from human beings? Remember that an accident investigation may be a stressful event for everyone involved. There may be serious injuries and worries about the repercussions of participating in interviews or worries about whatever discipline the employer may impose in a blame culture.

Throughout the process, treat everyone with sensitivity:

  • Be ready for the interview.
  • Greet the interviewee by name, a firm handshake and a smile.
  • Break the ice by initiating a brief conversation not related to the incident. Put the interviewee at ease by listening to their contributions to the conversation without interruption.
  • Explain the interview process so they know what to expect.
  • Make it a practice to review the notes with the interviewee at the end of the interview. Let them know you will be doing that after explaining the process. They will feel more at ease if they have the opportunity to make any clarifications necessary.

Consideration for people’s fears goes a long way toward earning buy-in and confidence in the process.

What other things do you do to help an interviewee feel comfortable with the interview process? Share your ideas in the comments section below.

How Far Away is Death?

Posted: October 5th, 2017 in How Far Away Is Death?

Man’s tumor turns out to be a toy he swallowed as a child. (Read article.)

Mark Paradies’ Interview Scheduled to Air on Fox Business Network and Bloomberg International

Posted: October 2nd, 2017 in Media Room

We’re pleased to announce that Mark Paradies’  interview on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® is scheduled to air on Fox Business Network as sponsored programming and Bloomberg International.

Please reference the broadcast information below. You may also reference the channel finder below for market by market air times.

Air Date
October 8, 2017
Network and Time
Fox Business Network – 5:30pm EST
Channel Finder
http://www.foxbusiness.com/channel-finder.html

Air Date
October 22, 2017
Network and Time
Bloomberg EMEA – 7:00am GMT
Bloomberg Latin America – 10:00am D.F.
Channel Finder
https://www.bloomberg.com/live/schedule-shows

Friday Joke: Texting while driving kills…

Posted: September 29th, 2017 in Jokes

please text while driving for more information.

 

How Far Away is Death?

Posted: September 28th, 2017 in Accidents, How Far Away Is Death?

Mix-up of similar insulin product names (Read article.)

What does a bad day look like?

Posted: September 26th, 2017 in Accidents

Monday Motivaton: Do you see things worse than they are?

Posted: September 25th, 2017 in Career Development, Career Development Tips

“Cynic: an idealist whose rose-colored glasses have been removed, snapped in two and stomped into the ground, immediately improving his vision.”
~ Rick Bayan

We worry about viewing the world through rose-tinted glasses, but often the problem is the opposite. It’s the gloom-tinted glasses we need to worry about. Read “Remove your Gloom-Tinted Glasses” on Forbes.com and learn about two features of human-basic psychology that can drive us nuts (Click here to read the article).

TapRooT® Around the World: Johannesburg

Posted: September 24th, 2017 in Courses

Many thanks to TapRooT® Instructor Sanjay Gandhi for sending in these great course photos from a recent 5-day training.

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