Today marks the end of Workers’ Memorial Week (April 22-29). During this week we honor the many individuals who have lost their lives while on the job. If you think workplace fatalities are “few and far between” it’s time to look at some hard numbers.
In my twenties, I felt comfortable in my life, satisfied with my career, and the idea that I could be disabled by an accident of any kind seemed as distant as anything could be. That was true even when I was employed as a federal inspector and looking for potential hazards and safety violations on
Happy New Year! It may feel like we just started 2019, but the old saying, “Time flies when you’re working hard to reach your goals!” has been truer than ever as January ends. Just like most people, Kevin is always excited about the possibilities the New Year holds. If you know him, you already know
Last week, I had the privilege of meeting with employees at Par Pharmaceutical in Irvine, CA. I was invited to speak on “Finding the Safety Champion Within” to help kick-off of their SAVE YOUR BUDDY Safety Pledge initiative. This is an incredibly important step in their quest to be be a Safety First company, and
This article wraps up our special 3-part series on Workplace Safety. Part I dealt with the introduction of basic safety measures during the industrial revolution. Part II focused on the additional improvements that came about due to legislative action and the costs associated with catastrophic incidents. In this article, I describe the fundamental aspects of
For the past few decades, the primary driver behind safety improvements is coming from employers themselves. Companies today operate in a very different environment than that of just 50 or 100 years ago.
This last week I had the honor of speaking to employees of Jacobs, one of the largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional and construction services in the world. They employ over 54,000 employees in more than 230 countries worldwide. I spoke on the topic of Workplace Safety, over the course of two sessions
Alan’s Story While I was going through different European countries serving as an International Ambassador for Health & Fitness, we met so many different people. While in Paris, I met Alan McAllorum, the concierge at the Best Western Hotel near the Eiffel Tower. Like a true service professional, Alan was a very likable person and
Kevin was blasted over 300 feet in the air and over a 2-story building, with severe injuries that left him paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair. But that wouldn’t keep him from FINDING THE CHAMPION WITHIN. I recently had the honor of being invited to deliver a keynote speech for Garney
In those precious milliseconds, when my worst fears were realized, I lost not only ten coworkers, but my freedom, my future, and the use of much of my body. The blast had hurled me right through the roof. I flew over a two a story building over 300 feet through the sky, and then landed