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Operating Principle: Responsible

July 24, 2018

Our first operating principle (or core value) is “responsible” and when I hear the word responsible, ownership immediately comes to mind. Responsibility is an obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion.

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D16 Total Safety Training

March 27, 2018

In mid-March, Lewis Tree Service and our Duke Energy partners held a two-day training session for all Lewis utility line clearance employees working on Duke Energy Transmission in the Coastal area of Florida

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Why Documenting At-risk Behaviors is Critical

January 15, 2018

Last summer, in Region 1, we began a deep-dive on the trending reports and leading indicators that we collect on our Safety Feedback forms. One of the things that we identified immediately was that some leaders were very good at identifying and documenting at-risk behaviors, and working with their craft workers to mitigate hazards, while others...

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Throwing Pennies in the Dark

December 11, 2017

As you know, we’ve all been tasked with achieving a goal of zero lost-time incidents. I believe that how we communicate can take us to zero. Right now, say you are in a meeting in Dallas. At this very moment, what are you doing to keep your vegetation management crews safe? Nothing. That’s why we need to continue to push the message down. And...

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What's Your Bigger Picture?

December 07, 2017

During the Lewis two-day, leadership team meeting in Rochester last October, we had an impactful speaker, Dale Lesinski, share a message about “Safety 4 the Right Reasons.” He asked us to close our eyes and think about the four people who we love the most in this world and to whom we never want anything bad to happen. Visualize those friends...

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Our Goal: ZERO lost-time incidents

November 08, 2017

I hope that those of you who were on our Monday morning safety call remember and have been reflecting on the question that I posed: How will we set ourselves up for success this week?

As always, let’s learn from the past but not dwell upon it. Let’s spend less time talking about what happened during incidents and more time on understanding why....

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