Chad's Chatters

My Brother’s Keeper

A short time ago I was visiting a mining plant in southern Utah. On that very day there was a fatality. It was shocking and saddening. Later I returned to speak to that same company, and I referred back to the death of their co-worker. The group was somber and quiet. The principles of safety

Nov 07, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President, I am very grateful for the service you give and for the example that you are to our country. Being the president must be a tough job, worried about so many things and so many people. That said, I have a very big favor to ask of you that I think will

Nov 06, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / 2 Comments

Do You Follow The Rules?

Rule number one is to follow the rules. Rule number two is to see rule one. We sometimes baulk at the clarity of the rules. We would rather follow the rules when it suits us and we quickly settle for mediocrity. We “kind of” follow the rules or we say to each other “Well –

Oct 31, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Hazardous Behavior In The Workshop

An incident can be defined as “any observable human activity sufficiently complete in itself to permit references and predictions to be made about the persons performing the act.” (Whew!) Therefore, it is safe to say that incidents or accidents do not usually just happen; they happen for a reason and are usually due to unsafe

Oct 24, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Experience Can Be Your Worst Enemy

Have you said to yourself, “It’s no big deal. I’ve done it a million times.” Have you skipped steps, not placed a chock block, not worn safety glasses or a hardhat? Have you gotten off a machine the wrong way, or not secured a brace, thinking the whole time, “It’s no big deal. I’ve done

Oct 17, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Let Pain Inspire Passion

With one ton of hay resting on top of my head and neck, my breathing became labored, and I wondered how long I could stay conscious. Twice a painful tingle crossed over my face, and I feared suffocation. I was rapidly losing the ability to take in oxygen. Twice I begged, “Please God, let me

Oct 17, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Choose Your Life

Einstein once said, “How many people are trapped in their everyday habits; part numb, part frightened, part indifferent? To have a better life we must keep choosing how we’re living.” Everyday we are building our lives. Everyday we must keep choosing what we will do and what we will believe. In choosing, we determine our

Oct 10, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

CORE VALUES AND SAFETY

Accountability- Responsibility of our actions that influence the lives of our customers and fellow workers. Creating a safe work environment, like any other organization-wide initiative, can only be assured when everyone, in every job, takes ownership and accountability for making the workplace safe. Balance- Maintaining Healthy life and work balance. When our work life and

Oct 03, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

What You Go Home For

When that whistle blows, why are you excited to go home? What is it about going home that perks you up even after working a ten-hour day? Is it someone special? Is it your hobbies? Is it the peace that you feel when you’re fishing, or boating? What do you go home for? Most of

Sep 26, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

DON’T DROP THE BALL

We have many opportunities to improve our safety performance, but the question is: Are we really taking advantage of these opportunities? Let’s look at specific examples Driving on company premises • Are we obeying the speed limit? • Are we using our seat belts? • Are we stopping at stop signs? • Are we pulling

Sep 19, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments
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