Safety Tidbit for Tuesday, 06/05/2017

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For the last few days, I’ve been waiting for some stroke of genius to inspire my tidbit for this week, or watching for some major event that I could use as fodder for my writing.  Neither has happened, and since I need to leave soon for a meeting, I’m left with hoping that what I write isn’t too mundane.

And perhaps that’s how it should be.  Here’s the safety tie-in.  Most of the time, safety topics lack glamour.   (If anything, they are more inclined towards gore.)  If we do the mundane things – think things through, prepare, communicate, be observant and execute plans with caution – then we will be doing what it takes to…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 5/29/17

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From my desk, I can see at least eight safety signs or markings – barriers, instructions, electrical warnings, floor markings, and the frequent honks form the forklifts.  Outside my shop, that number grows rapidly with multiple safety features in my car (turn signals and “door ajar” lights) to all the traffic signals, road markings and signs, and so forth.  With so many signs, it can be easy to overlook them.  But all those signs and markers are there for a reason.  Initially these would be for education or familiarization, and then with experience, they become reminders.  But in every case, we need to heed the signs and markings so we will…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 5/22/2017

Right now, I’m waiting for my daughter’s high school graduation to begin, which allows me a chance to reflect and write my tidbit. I had hoped to write and post my tidbit in these few minutes, but I didn’t count on a poor cell signal and an overtaxed wifi. My wife made sure we left early, which proved to be a good idea when we ran into some road construction. As for my daughter, she’s being recognized for her hard work and overcoming some significant challenges the last two years. (Am I boasting? Yes, and please allow me this one indulgence.)

Here’s the safety tie-in. There’s always a chance that something unexpected will happen, so always allow the time you need to be prepared, and recognize when things go right. It may not be a high school graduation, but I think we can appreciate it when we end each day in the same condition we started. It’s the small things that come together to help us…

Be Safe!

Keith Steele 

Safety Tidbit for 5/15/2017

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Years ago I found myself chairing the committee for a work party.  Since many of the committee volunteers couldn’t attend every meeting, frequently ideas would be presented that had already been covered.  While I appreciated the participation, even if sporadic, it was frustrating to have to cover the same ground again.

Here’s the safety tie-in.  When it comes to safety, the work has already done and procedures have been established for a reason.  Don’t take time to reinvent the wheel.  Rely on the experts and learn to …

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 05/08/2017

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At work I recently met Rob and Joe, who came from Detroit to do some training.  One day during a break, we were talking about the local area, including a nearby lake.  After a few minutes, Rob asked me, “Why do you call it the Great Salt Lake?”  I had to stop and think for a moment. Yes, I had been saying it that way.  I answered, “That’s the official name of it.”  (Look at the online maps and that’s what you’ll see.)  Rob either didn’t know what the name of this famous lake, or he’d learned it wrong, and in our conversation he learned something new.

While Rob is more familiar with the Great Lakes, this gave me an idea for a tidbit.  One of the concepts that I learned from Rob is, “You only know the things that people teach you.”  I’d learned the formal name of the lake from news reporters and cartographers (map makers), but probably not in school since I got my education in Idaho.   And here’s the safety tie-in.  You can learn safety both in formal setting, or on your own.  (This tidbit is one of countless online sources for safety information.)  It doesn’t matter how you learn, but always take time to learn to …

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 05/01/2017

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I’m spending a couple of days in a class this week, and I heard the following concept from one of the instructors:  Fear isn’t always bad.  Fear can bring awareness.  So if you feel a twang of fear, take a moment to lift your head, look around, think things through, and, if necessary, find an expert.  If for any reason you feel fear, take time to …

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

Safety Tidbit for Monday, 04/24/2017

I enjoy working Sudoku puzzles, even if I can’t do to do it as often as I’d like.  I remember one time I was busy working a Sudoku puzzle book, and for whatever reason I wanted to look at the solution in the back of the book.  I didn’t peek, at least not that time, even if it would have been faster.

When it comes to safety, there is no problem with looking at the “answer book” – be it a manual or asking an expert.  I’d rather take a little time, make sure I’m going it right, instead of finding out the hard way that I was wrong.  I’d rather take a little extra time and …

Be Safe!

Keith Steele

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