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Present Danger

They caught my attention because I could hear them enjoying their day just outside my window. There was three of them working together sharing a little camaraderie as they soaked up the sunshine. I admired their work and the fact they were working away without a care in the world. Their work was efficient and […]

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Warnings till we’re blue in the face

I’m sitting at the airport waiting for my flight. It’s almost impossible to focus because there is so much activity, but I needed to stop everything and write this down while I remember. The announcements, so many announcements … they’ve got me in a state of wonder. I’m wondering why do people wait so long […]

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Speak up for Safety!

This afternoon it was a beautiful outside so I decided to go for a walk. I was walking downtown Regina and came up to the intersection of Hamilton and 11th, but needed to wait for the walk light. The lady on my right was already standing on the edge of the curb waiting for the […]

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Widowmakers

I have a general rule that anything called a widowmaker should be given some respect. I would consider a widowmaker to be the UR of my HURT acronym for Causes of Injuries … an “Unware or Unaddressed Hazard” and “Respect for tool, process & environment”. For a forestry worker a widowmaker is a branch of […]

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HURT

It has been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I think the metric safety equivalent might be a gram of safety prevention avoids a pile of HURT. HURT is an acronym I created a couple years ago that defines the most common causes of preventable injuries. Causes of Preventable […]

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Young Workers

Think back to your first months on a new job. Did your desire to please your boss or to show your competence exceed your ability? Were you adequately trained to take on the tasks that you were required to do? Often young workers feel pressure to perform in roles that are unfamiliar and as a […]

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Time to Spring Forward?

This story is part 2 of my Daylight Savings Time Series … Spring Forward; Fall Back Saskatchewan is a province that doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time and our safety statistics indicate we often don’t observe safety hazards. In the past I have stated that “Being safe isn’t about living with a complete lack of risk, […]

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Invisible Pedestrians

I’m guilty of it and, I’m guessing, so are a lot of you … I’m not proud of it but sometimes I go to work wearing a black or dark coloured jacket. Once in a while I’ll even wear a dark jacket with dark pants. The title of this story should help you figure out […]

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Thrill Seekers

One of my earlier blogs spoke of how fear can be completely debilitating. I was using an experience I had back in 2001 to demonstrate this point. More specifically, I was in Zimbabwe Africa at Victoria Falls. There were a couple of activities I engaged in that I likely wouldn’t have been at liberty to […]

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Was it a Freak Accident?

Words people use can have a significant impact on us. Of course you’re all familiar with “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”, but have you heard that “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue”? There is a lot of power in words. After an injury […]

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