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The Tipping Point for Safety

safety, fidget spinner

A tipping point is that moment in time where something goes from small to big in popularity or relevance.  This is sometimes referred to as “achieving critical mass,” or in the case of a virus, it’s the point when it spreads from a local outbreak to an epidemic.  Think of a craze like Pokémon Go, fidget spinners, or the now ...

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Is it Better to be Good or Lucky?

safety, stop light, luck

The answer to that age-old question depends on the context.  My dad taught me how to play cribbage as a youngster, and I still believe that if you play regularly you develop enough skill in a few years to compete with the old-timers.  The rest, as they say, is the luck of the draw. Being “good” implies a consistent skill ...

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Risky Business–A Little Something for Everyone

risky business

The concept of managing risk is quite simple.  Like many other safety applications, it’s about effectively guiding people and processes.  If it were only that easy.  We all manage risk every day but what gets us into trouble as a workforce is when we all come at risk from a different angle.  Because our risk thresholds vary what is considered ...

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If I Were President!

president, kid

Now that we know that dreaming of becoming President of the United States of America is even less crazy than it once seemed, we’ve probably rethought about the changes we would make if we were taking the oath in January rather than Donald Trump.  When it comes to the health and safety of the U.S. workforce I’ve asked myself “What ...

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Settlement reached in damages from Exxon’s Yellowstone spill

Yellowstone River, oil spill, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment settles claims from the U.S. and state governments that the 2011 spill harmed natural ...

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Torque wrench safety

safety

“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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Family: Dallas suspect changed after military service

Dallas police shootings, Micah Johnson

DALLAS (AP) — Military service changed the Dallas gunman from an extrovert into a hermit, his parents said in an interview excerpt published Monday. Micah Johnson’s mother, Delphine Johnson, told TheBlaze website in an interview that her son wanted to be a police officer as a child. His six years in the Army Reserve, including a tour in Afghanistan, were ...

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