Author Archives: Cary Usrey

Safety Inspection Strategy Guide

A Focused Safety Inspection Strategy Guide

Safety inspections should not be done simply for the sake of checking a box. A proper strategy needs to be employed, ensuring observers are engaged in the most meaningful and sustainable way. Currently, there is little clear direction on what … Read More

Safety Absolutes Absolute?

Are Safety Absolutes Absolute?

Standard safety manuals address, at some level, the most basic principles of safety management, including the three “E’s.” 3 E’s: Engineering, Education, and Enforcement Engineering: At the most basic level, employers are obligated to assess ALL hazards associated with a … Read More

Safety Observer Training

Safety Observer Training Done Right

All employees are openly encouraged to report hazards when they are discovered. In many organizations, this is a basic tenet and often included in the duties and responsibilities of each employee. Some organizations take this one step further and utilize … Read More

Safety Metrics

The Uncertainty of Safety Metrics

The trouble […] is that you are trying to get out of your statistics something that you cannot get. No statistics will automatically do your safety job for you. They merely show you what sort of accidents you are having … Read More

Safety Observation Training

Safety Observation Training – The Feedback Conversation

When a safety system is built around simply observing and recording results, it can create a culture where workers experience inspectors as ‘unwelcome outsiders’ rather than ‘trusted partners.’  In a previous article, Safety Observation Program Defined, certain observation approaches that … Read More

Safety Observations

Weighted Percent Safe – A New Risk Metric for Safety Observations

In a previous article, Assigning Severity Ratings to Safety Observation Findings, the concept of incorporating severity into standard safety observations for unsafe/at-risk observation findings was suggested. Doing this would allow observers to classify findings according to their potential level of … Read More