Back in 1987, every Alcoa plant, worldwide, had at least one accident per week. It was dangerous work. Molten metals bubbled at 1,500 degrees and machines that could literally rip off a man's arm were used every day. It was commonly accepted that some staff wouldn't make it home.
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Back in the 1970s - 1980s, Jimmy Savile was one of the most famous television presenters on the BBC. An effervescent, eccentric man he hosted "Top of the Pops", followed by other children's television shows.
Companies that are best in class when it comes to safety, all have one thing in common. And that is each employee and contractor takes ownership of their own safety. It's part of their workplace culture.
The best safety professionals that I've worked with like safety. They read all the right safety magazines and go to all the right safety conferences. But that's not what gets them out of bed in the morning. What they're really passionate about, and what makes them stand out, is their desire to keep as many people safe as possible.
Mistakes are a healthy part of learning. They're nothing to be embarrassed about, as long as you learn from them and move on. But being sloppy is a totally different story.
In the book First, Break all the Rules by Marcus Buckingham, his research found the relationship between an employee and their manager determined how long an employee will stay in a company and their level of productivity.
Writing a safety speech can be a daunting task. But rather than staring at a computer screen for inspiration, we've put together some helpful topic reminders to include in your speech to get maximum motivation and attention from your workforce. Refer to these five must-have topics to help get you started.
Everything we do is communication. And it is no wonder that research studies point to 70% of workplace mistakes being caused by poor communication.
How we start our message often determines the result.
According to Crystal Clear Communication, by Kris Cole, people quickly determine the meaning of our message and whether they will be receptive at the beginning. We only have a short time to get our messages across:
- 2 minutes when we are face to face
- 30 seconds on the telephone
- 10 - 15 seconds by voice mail.
So the more important the message, the bigger the need to plan what you are going to say.