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Creating A Visual

Before my accident I never really noticed the handicap spaces in parking lots. I didn’t pay much attention to the handicap stall in restrooms. The white-on-blue image of a stick-figure in a chair didn’t mean a thing to me. I didn’t identify with it. Now, however, I scan my world for that symbol because it

Sep 18, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

We Know Better

Most of us have the necessary knowledge and experience to do our jobs and we don’t want to hurt ourselves or others. Why, then, do we often ignore our good friend “safe practices” and set ourselves or others up for an accidental injury? • Carbon monoxide can kill – but we sometimes work in a

Sep 13, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Personal Resposibility

The night my two boys were able to join me at the hospital after my accident, we all slept in the same room. Three year-old Christian laid next to me in my hospital bed, and Kyler slept beside his mom on a cot next to us. As Christian slipped in beside me he asked, “Daddy,

Sep 05, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Can Do Attitude

People with a “can do” attitude almost always get the job done – regardless of the obstacles. Unfortunately, many with that same “can do” attitude sometimes consider safety one of those obstacles. This brings out the tragic, and actual, case of John, who no doubt “attacked” his work with a “can do” attitude. Most of

Aug 29, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

All You Have Is Integrity

Everyone knows right from wrong. Right? Wrong. Integrity shouldn’t be an option. Unfortunately, it appears to be that way. Integrity means wholeness. In morality/ethics, it means having a point of view about what is right, doing what is right, and — at the highest level — taking a stand to correct what is not right.

Aug 28, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

SAFETY APPEAL

We all have a natural tendency to want to be safe. Put another way, psychologists say that normal individuals possess certain desires through which safety becomes appealing. These desires include: • Avoiding personal injury • Avoiding personal loss • Reward seeking • Striving for leadership • Excelling • Preventing injuries to others • Avoiding making

Aug 22, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Find Your Center

When we get off course in our lives, and we lean too far to one side, we lose our center. We lose our ability to be solid in our decision-making. It’s a tricky predicament in which to find ourselves; once leaning slightly, now falling, fast and hard. I found it is more difficult to get

Aug 16, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

I Am Committed

On 28 September 2009, at approximately 9:30 -10:00 AM, a four man crew was assigned by their supervisor to replace both the damaged lifting eyes for two of the three pumps inside the pit and to replace the corroded galvanized lifting chains. This activity was to be the last activity to complete the task. The

Aug 15, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

The Choices You Make

Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Many workplace accidents and injuries can be prevented if workers know the causes of accidents and they are taught accident prevention and how to protect themselves to avoid injury. Although no one wants to get hurt at work, there are four major causes for injuries on the

Aug 03, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

You Outta Be A Great Leader

What is leadership? It is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal (Northouse, 2007, p3). Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership knowledge and skills (Jago, 1982). They use the traits we are born with to help influence our actions. This is called Trait Leadership

Jul 30, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments
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