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I’m sure you must be thinking, “There is no way magic, mind reading and lone workers in the utility industry have anything in common.”. I know it sounds like an illusion, but there is indeed a common thread. A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Safety2017 conference in Denver put off by the American Society of Safety Engineers. (Sidenote, this year’s show was fantastic and busier than ever, so kudos to the organizers!) The keynote speaker for the luncheon on the last day was Vinh Glang, an entrepreneur and highly entertaining presenter who used magic as a metaphor to explain three essential truths to achieving success. As someone who has attended many conferences and sat through many keynotes staring at my empty plate willing dessert to arrive, I admit, I was skeptical of getting much value out of this one. I could not have been more wrong. Vinh’s presentation offered some valuable lessons that apply to success, and safety. His explanation of...

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How to Reduce Your Lone Worker Risk With A Simpler Safety Program [embed]https://youtu.be/v3qLhVaw10c[/embed] Building a risk-based approach to safety is usually more streamlined, simpler and more engaging for your lone workers. The approach can support one safety standard for all your employees while allowing flexibility for different safety procedures across various business units and operating regions. Typically, a risk-based safety program will actively engage your employees in an initial hazard assessment process. When employees undertake a hazard assessment, they take into consideration their own work tasks, location and communication risks. Employee participation in this process not only results in a more optimized procedure but one that is simpler for them to use. And employees naturally use simplified processes more consistently. Whenever employees are engaged in developing safety procedures, there are other inherent benefits that typically result in their greater safety awareness and more consistent compliance. That’s good news for everyone! Any company can build their safety program using a risk-based approach following a...

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Lone Worker Safety: The Evolution of Compliance Manual Procedures to Automated Systems There has been a shift in lone worker safety procedures moving from manual systems to automated communication. [embed]https://youtu.be/HZTS56iWkqs[/embed] Traditionally, we have seen companies using a manual call-in system and periodic check-ins as a core part of their safety procedure. Even with advances in technology, check-ins remain important, functioning as the backbone of any Lone Worker safety program. Manual check-ins, however, provide very limited communication. It’s essential to understand that check-ins function as a fail-safe, alerting the company if a worker doesn’t call in as scheduled. With each check-in the company is notified that a worker is either ‘okay’ or ‘not okay’ and nothing more. Because scheduled intervals are a part of the procedure, there’s always a lag between check-ins. When a worker calls in once every four hours, the most current information the company has on hand is always out-dated. There are many communication methods available in 2016. With advances in...

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