Have you ever sped through a yellow light? Run a red? Why do we engage in these risky behaviors when we know crashes at intersections are among the deadliest? The answer according to safety science is because our mental model tells us we’ll be okay.
Take a minute to think about your career in the tree industry and ask yourself how many times you’ve been in the line of fire—when an object traveled into your path creating a risk of serious injury. Did you have time to readjust? Did you get lucky and escape without injury?
If you read our article entitled The Zero Paradox in the UAA Newsline or right here on our blog, you'll know we believe that zero-tolerance goals (like our old adage “we believe that there is no reason why anyone should ever get injured on the job”) are unachievable and demotivating.
In early 2019, after years of challenging ourselves and deliberating the best way to inspire and measure a culture of safety, the UAA Safety Committee published a detailed, self-assessment tool that identified three broad categories that help define a safety culture (i.e., leadership, quality control and safety compliance) along with a series...
We at Lewis Tree Service recognize that our employees are vital to the success of our organization. We have long believed that our commitment to our employees results in a culture that differentiates us from others and allows us to attract and retain the best talent in the industry.
Have you ever wondered about something and rested your hand under your chin or on your cheek? That can be a sign of uncertainty. Rodin’s statue, The Thinker, demonstrates this well. If you’re stroking your chin, you may be evaluating a situation or making a decision.
This week's safety topic, “use an open hand,” is a helpful reminder when feeding wood into a chipper. When feeding horses, we are taught to use an open hand because, if you don’t, you could easily lose a finger to a horse that has no intent of biting your finger but does so because it’s in the way.
During Hurricane Laura storm restoration in Lake Charles, Louisiana, one of our crews deployed from Florida was heading to a job location when a crew member noticed an elderly gentlemen alone by the side of the road. His wheelchair had tilted over, and he had landed in a watery ditch. His face was resting in the water and he was unable to get...
What does it look like to relentlessly pursue the elimination of serious injuries? Among other things, it means treating incidents and close calls with serious injury potential like fatalities and conducting thorough investigations.
Surprises are frequent, yet seldom acknowledged nor prepared for in ordinary work situations. Join me and Asher Balkin, Research Engineer at the Cognitive Systems Engineering Lab (The Ohio State University) as we explore the practical application of fundamental Resilience Engineering premises that “surprise will happen” and “work is variable”...