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Next in Vegetation Management: Expanding Safety Maturity to Resilient

July 02, 2021

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...

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Implementing Safety Differently in a High-Risk Industry

May 19, 2021

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”...

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Brittleness encroaching: absent leaders and combined teams

November 23, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads, there are an increasing number of leaders and team members absent due to illness, precautionary self-quarantine, childcare, etc. To adapt to this situation, teams reconfigure, and leaders fill in, but ultimately there are not enough people to cover the work and our systems become stressed and stretched.

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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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Resilience Engineering and Human Performance

May 31, 2019

Early on, someone said to me “There are a hundred ways to take a tree down.” No two trees are the same. Landscapes differ. Weather conditions change. The level of experience and amount of training varies per crew member. There is not one best way to take a tree down. While these takeaways may seem obvious to the readers of this publication, the...

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