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Scan & Focus

September 30, 2020

Have you ever seen the episode of The Simpsons when Ned Flanders is discussing the difference between apple cider and apple juice? Homer’s brain floats away saying, “You can stay but I’m leaving.” We can all relate. When our brains get bored, we zone out. That’s why, at Lewis, we’re learning a situational awareness tool called “scan and focus.”

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Focusing on Work Zone Safety

September 23, 2020

An interesting pattern emerged when we began analyzing close call data at Lewis Tree Service. When considering frequency, we learned that line of fire—by vehicle—has as much serious injury potential as struck-by, tree-related incidents. Yet, if you studied just our incident data, that picture would not emerge.

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After Action Reviews: Not Just for Safety Anymore

August 04, 2020

In 1907, a children’s book was published entitled, Jim: Who Ran Away from His Nurse, and Was Eaten by a Lion. Sounds frightening, right? The author, Hilaire Belloc, knew that there are two ways to learn: the hard way, through trial and error, and the easy way, through storytelling and learning from other’s mistakes.

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Using Safety Data to Improve Learning

July 27, 2020

“It was 4:30 in the afternoon on nice, sunny day. Our crew had performed regular trimming on multiple oak trees around a three phase and was stacking brush while getting ready to shut down for the day. One of the crew members went to remove the drop zone cones when all the sudden he heard the sound of a limb slam on the ground. The employee was...

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Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Unprecedented Times

July 15, 2020

Note: This article was originally published by the Resilience Engineering Association.

Asher Balkin is a Research Engineer at the Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Asher has worked in fields as diverse as public health, international security, surgical research, and human/automation interaction.

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D15 Total Safety Culture Training: February 2020

February 18, 2020

In early February, a two-day Total Safety Culture training meeting was held in Division 15, South Florida.

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Rally Around the Old Oak Tree

February 11, 2020

The following text and images were sent to us from a homeowner in Clearwater, FL, and feature the utility line clearance crews from Division 16. Please join us as we welcome Shirley, our second guest blogger! Enjoy. 

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A Tour of Mike Locy

January 23, 2020

In December, Division 45 celebrated the retirement of Mike Locy, Safety Specialist. The safety team gave him a fishing rod and reel for his retirement. Division 45, with Shawn Jones, presented Mike with a chainsaw and a hardhat signed by all. 

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A Tribute to Bernie Kelly

January 21, 2020

After 35+ years, we congratulate Bernie Kelly on his retirement from the LEWIS family of companies. Although there were many wonderful speeches from the senior executives during the farewell luncheon, following is the tribute from Tom Rogers, CEO. 

Humble, kind, caring, cheerful, intelligent, pure in heart, salt of the earth, encouraging,...

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Winching Drill Day

November 12, 2019

During this Thanksgiving season, we're grateful for the crews in D29 for sending this homegrown video on winching for your viewing pleasure! Thanks to Supervisor Jason Leonard, Joshua Stapleton, Steven Evans and Kasey Page. 

 

Please take a few minutes (11 to be exact) to watch this before tomorrow's winching Drill Day. Good stuff! 

 

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