Safety Tidbit for Monday, 4/17/2017

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I’ve been posting these tidbits online for over two years.  I started writing them at work about five years ago, and with the exception of when I was hospitalized or recovering from surgery, I’ve been faithfully writing a tidbit each week.  To the best that I can remember, last week was the first time I’ve completely failed to write.  The reasons were simple – I got busy, and with my bad memory (mixed with a touch of procrastination) I just kept putting it off.  And I’m late writing today.  For my failure, I apologize.  (I should say it will never happen again, but I try to be more realistic than that.)

Here’s the safety tie-in.  Things are going to come up.  There will always be a delay or distraction with what’s going on.  When that happens, miss what you need to, take the time that you have to take, but always do your best to…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for April 3, 2017

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I’ve been putting off writing this tidbit because I’m not certain of all the facts about what’s been on my mind this last week.  I’d rather know everything for sure, but I feel I need to share this.

One morning last week I was half an hour late getting to work because of a detour.  All I knew was that I saw flashing patrol car lights at an intersection I wanted to pass through.  I was one of hundreds of drivers that were rerouted that day.

Later, I learned that an accident had taken the life of a motorcycle rider.  Just think of the cost – not just in dollars.  How many people were late to work?  How many first responders were on the scene?  What was the value of the two vehicles?  How much will it cost to replace that seasoned employee that will never show up to work again?  And not least of all (if the rumors I’ve heard are true) the other driver will be charged with vehicular homicide.  Two families are shattered because of this accident.  Countless friends are mourning because of something that could have been avoided.

Please, while you are driving, take that extra moment that can prevent an accident.  Please, take an extra moment to …

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

P.S.  I ask you to pass this on to others that you feel will benefit from the message.  I only ask that you include the web address when you do.  Thanks!

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 03/27/2017

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I once met a man wearing a back and neck brace.  Circumstances were such that during our conversation I asked him about his injury.  He told me he’d fallen on the stairs.  He’d been carrying a small load up the stairs and slipped as he was setting it down.  Usually, we think of stair accidents as falling while going down, but I’ve said it many times before – at home, at work, in the yard, while traveling, or even while climbing the stairs, always take the extra time to…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for 03/20/2017

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A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned in my tidbit that I’d gone to a funeral.  That funeral was for my band teacher, who taught me in junior high and in high school.  I remember one time when he was telling us that it wasn’t just enough to practice our music, but that we had to practice it right.  It may have been someone in the trumpet section that meshed this concept with the “practice makes perfect” philosophy and said that if you practice something wrong, then you learn it perfectly wrong.  Forty years later, and I still remember that.

Here’s the safety tie-in.  I think that the safety mindset is not something you can turn on and off.  Most of us don’t practice (as in rehearse) safety just to get it right.  But we do practice (as in live) safety in most of our daily activities.  In that way of thinking, the more we practice doing things in a safe way, and the more we strive for understanding and doing things (practicing) safely, then we will indeed …

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for 03/13/2017

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Years ago I watched a safety video on proper lifting techniques.  The video started with a man being prepped for back surgery.  His back had gone out while picking up a screw driver.  The video emphasized that his back wasn’t in good shape, and it was coincidental that it went out while he was doing such an easy task.  While picking up one heavy box won’t necessarily “break your back,” repeatedly using improper lifting techniques will, over time, take a toll.  On the other hand, I remember one time in particular when I needed to pick up box (I think it weighed about 25lbs) and I “looked ahead and lifted with my legs.”  As I brought the box up, I actually felt a little “energized.”  I can’t think of any other way to say it.  It honestly felt good to …

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Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 03/06/2017

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Over the weekend, I was on the freeway for two and a half hours in the morning, attended a funeral, and then returned home in the afternoon.  While driving home, I started feeling tired.  I thought I wasn’t that tired, that I only had half an hour until I got home, and I really thought I could make it.  But I was driving alone.  I finally decided to stop and stretch my legs.  It just so happened that the exit that I chose had a truck stop.  That allowed me a chance to walk around for a few minutes, grab a snack and get back on the road.  After stopping, I was refreshed, more alert, and I was able to complete the last few minutes without being concerned.  It only took me about fifteen minutes, and $1.10 for the snack, but that’s a small price to pay to…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 02/27/2017

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Outside the breakroom at work, there’s a sign that reads, “Safety Is No Accident!”  When I read that sign, I think of two ways the phrase “no accident” can be interpreted.  The first is to have an absence of unintentional events that cause harm or damage.  The second is that “no accident” indicates that there was planning and a definite effort that results in a safe environment.  While it’s a given that planning and efforts contribute to accident-free results, I propose that there’s another dimension to this concept, which I’ll call a culture of safety.  Think of it this way.  When we believe and embrace the concept that safe actions are not just a program but a way of life, when we base in our decisions on how safe we’ll be (and not just how fast we can get it done), when we want not only ourselves but also our coworkers to return home in the same condition we came to work in, then we will truly…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 2/20/17

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I live in what I’ll call a “mixed use” neighborhood, which includes small pastures and some horses.  Recently, while walking the dog, I heard a soft, low neigh from a horse.  I turned to see a horse against a fence.  Just this side of the fence were a few bales of hay.  I quickly realized the horse was hoping I’d feed him.  It may have been convenient (to the horse) for me to throw it a few handfuls of hay, and it probably would have done no harm, but it wasn’t my horse and I was not going to take a chance.

Here’s the safety tie-in.  You may encounter situations where someone asks you to something unsafe.  It happened to me once when a coworker wanted me to use a forklift as an oversized stepstool.  Since I didn’t oblige my coworker, I’ll never know if the outcome would have been good or bad.  I do know that if I’d done that once, it would have been easier to do it again.  I firmly believe that it’s better to never start a questionable activity, and to always stick with the rules of safety.  That way, you and I will always …

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 2/13/2017

One weekend morning several months ago, I ran outside to get my newspaper.  Later, the family took off to run errands and we were gone for about an hour.  When we got home, I realized that I’d left the front door unlocked.  I think that’s the only time that’s happened since I make it a habit to check the door before leaving the house.  Luckily, nothing went wrong while we were away.

Here’s the safety tie-in.  Sometimes we may forget a part of our PPE, we may unintentionally go a little faster than planned while driving, or there might be another little oversight that leaves us vulnerable.  That’s part of human nature.  Hopefully when that happens, nothing will go wrong.  But the more we make it a habit to do safe things, the less we leave to chance that we will…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday,2/6/2017

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Like so many of you, I watched Super Bowl LI over the weekend.  It was a great game, with several firsts – first Super Bowl to go into overtime, among others.  The problem was that I needed that time to write my tidbit.  I knew that Monday morning wouldn’t allow me the time to write, and the time passes too quickly in the evening for me to get it done.

Here’s the safety tie-in.  We as human being, despite what society says, can only multitask to a limited extent.  I wasn’t able to focus on the game (and the ads) and write.  I chose to focus on watching the game, and find another time when I could write this tidbit.  We need to make sure that in all our activities, we stay focused on that activity and not get distracted.  After all, it’s these little things that help us…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele