Safety Tidbit for Monday, 11/6/2018

Being middle-aged, I have a few medical “conditions” that come with that age bracket. (Sorry for the lack of details, but I don’t want to get too personal.) A few months ago, the doctor prescribed a medication that greatly helped. But like many medications, it had side effects. This one made me even drowsier than my other medications. After a quick talk with the doctor’s office, I stopped the medication.

I have two safety tie-ins here. First, coordinate with your doctor before stopping any medication. Second, be aware of how your medications affect you. It may be necessary to stop a medication if it will help you…

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Keith Steele

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Safety Tidbit for Monday, 10/1/2018

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I was recently driving on the freeway when I saw another driver swerving a little. I watched carefully, knowing I’d need to pass before long. When it appeared to be safe, I passed and caught a glimpse of the driver as I did. It was easy to see her face lit up by her cell phone. I doubt she realized how obvious it was, what the signs were of what she was doing. Seeing something that obvious reminds me of why I chose to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for 9/6/2018

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My mother would say, “My, is it September already?” School has started, we’ve celebrated Labor Day, and the weather is starting to cool off. One of the projects I need to do soon is arrange for my annual service for my furnace. I’ll also want to make sure all my cars are winter-ready. We always keep some blankets in the car, and my wife will want to make sure we have some good snacks in the car. I know it seems like summer isn’t completely over, but yes, it’s time to start preparing for winter. Besides, it’s never too early to start planning to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 7/30/2018

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I’m currently reading a book that connects success and thought processes, emphasizing learning and our attitude towards it. Without delving into the psychology of the book, I see a strong correlation between the successes defined in the book and our perception of safety. One frame of mind is, “I don’t have any accidents, so I must be safe.” The other is, “It’s a challenging world out there. How can I be safer?” In writing these tidbits, I try to encourage the second mindset. While being and behaving safely is critical, it is also vital that we continue to learn and integrate new safety standards in our activities. We always need to continue learning how to…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for 7/2/2018

Recently, I was riding on the freeway with my teenage son.  Usually, I’d drive, but this time my son drove because I was taking a strong pain killer.  As we travelled, I was impressed with how safely my son was driving.  Most of all, I was impressed with the distance he kept between him and the car ahead of him, which was usually five seconds or more.  I don’t know if my son learned this from my example, or if he learned in his driver’s training.  Regardless, I’m glad my son is learning to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 6/4/2018

I hope everyone had a memorable and safe Memorial Day weekend. I did, visiting some historical displays, taking a ride with my son, and roasting hotdogs with my family in the evening. However, I know of one family where the memories will be difficult. I read an article online where a young man was riding an UTV when he crashed, resulting in fatal injuries. The phrase from the article, “he took a corner too fast…” stands out for me.

Did he not know the area? Did he not concentrate? Could someone have said a word of caution to him? I don’t know how many other similar injuries happened over the holiday weekend, but one is too many. As the summer continues, I hope everyone will take extra precautions to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 4/30/2018

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Memorial Day is only four weeks away – the traditional beginning of summer. And I’m feeling like a broken record. Just think about it. Each year we are reminded of the change in weather, the summer activities, to be cautious when we’re recreating, and the need for caution in holiday traffic. The 101 critical days of summer. “Be careful because we want to see you back at work.” Sound familiar?

Let’s “flip this around.” How would you feel if you cut your hand while daydreaming about a swimming party? Or if you were in the hospital because you lost control while driving too fast in the mountains? Or worse, how would you feel if someone else was injured while you were driving because you “just had to post to Facebook” about your fishing trip? Is it worth it? To me, any one of those sounds like an excellent reason to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 4/2/2018

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Earlier this year, my son’s small dog got into the shower right after a shower. I don’t know why, but he found some pleasure in licking the wet shower floor. That’s one habit we didn’t want him to develop. He didn’t like it when we didn’t let him back in. For a few weeks after, he’d stand outside the shower door with that “puppy dog look,” as if he were saying, “But Keith, I’ve done it before!” It was all a matter of training, and now he ignores the shower.

There are good and bad habits, and we can learn good habits, and work to break bad habits.  I recommend everyone take time to think about your habits, and break any habit that presents danger to you and others.  It may be smoking in bed, weaving through freeway traffic, or bypassing safety measures at work.  Just take some time, ask for help if needed, and take time to…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for 1/30/2018

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I work near a receiving warehouse with forklifts zipping around all day long.  I always pay attention when I walk through the warehouse for obvious reasons.  I remember one day as I passed a forklift, the operator and I politely made eye contact, acknowledging each other.  At the same time, I also remember hearing another forklift sounding a horn.  It took me a moment before I saw the other forklift about 20 yards away.  I don’t know if he was honking specifically for me, but I appreciate his efforts to…

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Keith Steele