Editor’s Note

Due to my recent medical situations, I won’t be able to consistently write my tidbits each week.  Hopefully all will be resolved by the end of the year.  Thanks for your understanding, and remember to take the time and make a personal effort to…

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Keith Steele

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Safety Tidbit for Monday, 09/11/2017

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I recently saw a sign in a store’s restroom that read in part, “Please DO NOT kick the toilet lever to flush….” It then specified the damages caused, and then the proper way to flush. I suspect that anyone kicking the toilet handle was thinking of their personal hygiene, but not considering other consequences.  
A big part of safety is, yes, to keep yourself safe. Just as important is to keep others safe. For example, as I’m driving on the freeway, it would be safe if I moved over to pass the vehicle I’m gaining on. At the same time, I need to make sure that I leave room for safety between my car and the cars in the other lane. Be considerate, be observant, and…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 09/04/2017

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Today we celebrate Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer as we transition to fall. School has started, the days are getting shorter and winter is coming. Soon my wife will remind me to turn off the water for the yard, and I’ll need to bring in the garden hoses – among other things. I will also need to make sure my vehicles are ready for the change of season. There will be several weeks before the cold weather hits, several weeks to transition from enjoying summer, several weeks to prepare for winter. With the holiday weekend, it’s a good time to look ahead, think things through, make some plans, and take the steps that will, as winter approaches, help you…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Tuesday, 08/28/2017

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08/28/2017
Each day at work, I extract data from a database and import it to a spreadsheet. I’ve been doing this daily for many months, to where I have the process working very smooth. Last week I took a moment to test for errors when I found a glitch. While finding the mistake was fast, it took me a while to find why I’d made the mistake. The problem was the result of inattention to details. Basically, if I had slowed down and been observant, I could have caught the problem before I imported the data to my spreadsheet.

If this had been a safety issue, I’d classify it as a near-miss. My takeaway is that I’ve had an experience, and I’ve learned a lesson. And if you ever have a safety near-miss, please do the same. Take a moment, note the lessons learned, apply them and …

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Safety Tidbit for Monday, 8/21/2017

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A handful of medical procedures over the last few weeks has left my right side aching and my stamina low. At home I’ve found a cane useful for leverage when standing from a low chair, or when I pick something up from the floor. I thought one day I’d take my cane to work and see how much I’d use it. My first stop was at my locker, before going to the break room. I was about to close my cane in my locker when I glanced toward the break room. I’d forgotten just how far away it was. I grabbed my cane and started walking, grateful that I had it.

This may not be the best tie-in I’ve done, but here it goes. When things change, take time to assess the situation and make adjustments where needed. It could be new PPE, new tools, or new equipment. A little time, a little preparation, helps everyone to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 08/14/2017

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Do you know how embarrassing when everyone is watching you trip?  This morning, as I started up the stairs, my team lead was at the top of the stairs and half the team was at the bottom when I felt that my toe needed another quarter inch to clear the step.  One coworker called out to me as my fall started.  I felt that all eyes were on me as I bumped into the handrail.  Yes, I’d been holding on.

Yes, I may have “played” that up a little, but there’s one fact I can’t ignore.  By holding onto the handrail, it saved me some embarrassment and some pain, but mostly it did its job to help me…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 08/07/2017

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I was driving home recently and was approaching the last stoplight before home. As I neared the intersection to make a left-hand turn, the green turn arrow changed. At this corner, I could turn or go straight, but I didn’t have enough time to check that the traffic behind me was clear and change lanes with certainty. I stopped and waited for the light to change before heading home. Yes, I could have got home a minute faster had I gone straight, but to me it was worth it to take a few extra minutes and…

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Keith D. Steele

P.S. Sorry I didn’t get this posted yesterday. It was a “medical” delay. Thanks for reading.

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 7/24/2017

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A coworker recently took a ride on a zipline. She was telling me that, as she sat into the harness, she realized her arm was over stretched and could not effectively work the brake above her head. Since this was the only way to control her speed and keep from injuring herself and others on the other platform , she spoke up to the operator to express her concern. A quick adjustment was made, and she was able to zip away, feeling confident that she could work the brake.

What could be more simple? When something doesn’t feel right, speak up and ask questions. It’s just another little thing that helps you…

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 07/17/2017

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Last month I wrote a tidbit about how common sense can deceive us in our safety efforts. I’ve given it some thought since then because I’ve frequently suggested that we apply “common sense” in support of our safety efforts. In the future I’ll try using the phrase “safety perspective.” Instead of saying we should use “common sense,” we should look at things from a “safety perspective” to help us…

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Keith Steele