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Stay Safe and Smart During Your Downtime

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As a pipeline worker, you likely give your job your all, and on any given week you can quickly log in over 40 hours of hard labor. As you well know, it’s common to have a few drinks with your coworkers, particularly in towns where there’s little else to do but go to a bar. While there’s nothing wrong with ...

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Why strive to be the best when good enough is good enough?

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I encourage my daughter to try her best at everything she does in hopes that she becomes the best.  After all what parent wouldn’t want to see their kid standing on the podium at the Olympics with a gold medal hanging around their neck?  But what’s the cost of becoming the best, and isn’t it ok to just be “good”? ...

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Bottoms-up —Realizing You Need Safety When it’s Too Late

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The belief is that every alcoholic has to hit rock bottom before they realize they have a problem and can start on the road to recovery.  With some employers the same can be said about their safety program.  What triggering event will it take to shake them up and get them to understand that they have requirements to follow and ...

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Free-Falling with Style

Photo: Vasiliki Millousi via Flickr.

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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“I Can’t Fix Stupid”—Zero Injury is an Impossible Goal

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It’s inevitable that somewhere, sometime, a worker at your company will do something stupid, resulting in an injury. You’re kidding yourself if you believe that isn’t the way it plays out.  It’s a numbers game of probability—the more time that passes and worker hours are logged without an injury the closer you get to experiencing an injury.  Therefore does a ...

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Torque wrench safety

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“Tight is tight,” my old shop teacher would say.  “If you overtighten you’ll strip the threads and it’s damaged and can’t be repaired.”   Most of us that have used a wrench have stripped or overtightened something and when that happens, there’s no going back.  The same thing can happen when applying safety—too much, too often, and too strong can cause ...

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Not Satisfied With Your Safety Performance?

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The Value Proposition Losses are not good for business.  Injuries or property damage cost money and threaten sustainability in a number of ways and often result in bad morale, lost productivity, lost customer opportunities, and higher insurance premiums to name a few. Safety performance is a reflection of a company’s efforts to control loss.  Performance can be measured by a ...

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Destination zero — Are we there yet?

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Are we there yet? Are we there yet? was the repeated chorus from my two kids in the back seat of my car. And just like my parents replied to me when I was a kid, so I replied to mine: “We’re there when we’re there.” Every once in a while I would change it up and say “Our destination ...

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How a heart to heart with your boss could save your life

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We’ve all played the “what if” game.  What if you were stranded on an island and had to choose one food item to eat for the rest of your life.  I’d like to challenge you to apply the “what if” scenario to safety.  Here’s the question:  “What if you had to pick just one word to describe the key to ...

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