All posts by Jonathan Bell

What Management Support?

  Recently, I recalled a disturbing conversation I had with a Senior Safety Manager at a large company.  He had expressed his frustration to me that after working so hard to establish a winter ice cleat program, he was still having trouble getting his employees to participate. Despite his ongoing effort to improve the company safety record […]

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A Gentle Reminder About Supply and Demand

On my way into the city one day last year, the skies began to grow dark and by the time I pulled into the parking lot, the heavens had opened up and were dumping buckets of water all around me. From inside my car, I could see that some enterprising young fellow had opened up […]

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Workplace Safety: Here’s How You Do the Math

If math frightens you, don’t worry. I’ll try to make this as painless – and as helpful – as possible. As a safety professional concerned about your workplace safety record, you’re planning on buying traction aids for your employees. So, it is fair to consider whether the item you are purchasing is too expensive. While you would […]

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Slips and Falls Set to Rise This Friday

With December’s record warmth, we saw a somewhat delayed winter this year. And, while unlikely, it is possible that we will escape snowless for the duration. But currently, there’s a strong weather system that is moving across the country and the forecast is calling for a significant snow event in many parts of the central […]

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The 4-Letter Word That Should Guide Your Safety Efforts

That word is OSHA. (Yes, technically, it’s an acronym, but stick with me here.) According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.” In fact, […]

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Freedom of Choice – the Key to a Safe Culture

On particularly cold winter days when I was a kid, my mother would often give me a choice regarding outerwear, “Either wear your winter coat or don’t go outside,” she would say, effectively offering me a Hobson’s Choice – no choice at all. Since I was just a seven-year-old kid, my mom wasn’t interested in […]

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What Does the Farmer’s Almanac Say about the coming Winter?

Every year around this time the Farmer’s Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac (yes, there are two of them!) release their forecasts for the coming winter.  Will it be colder than normal in the Midwest?  Will there be more insane blizzards in New England? Will the Mid Atlantic see significant and sustained ice coverage?  Farmer’s […]

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Have You Seen The World’s Most Expensive Ice Cleats?

If you planned ahead and purchased ice cleats and snow cleats for your employees in advance of the winter, congratulations on saving money! Here’s a question for the rest of you who may not have been able to plan in advance. Have you encountered what I call the Procrastinator’s Tax? It’s known more commonly as […]

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Any Ice Cleat in a Storm

The other day I was downtown for an important meeting. On my way into the city, the skies began to grow dark and by the time I pulled into the parking lot, the heavens had opened up and were dumping buckets of water all around me. From inside my car, I could see that some enterprising […]

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