PAPod 81 - Bob Nelms - Failsafe Networks and RCA

30Jul

Safety Podcast, Safety Program, Investigations, Human Performance, Safety Differently, Operational Excellence


Bob is a degreed Aerospace Engineer, having graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970. He worked at McDonnell Douglas as an Aeronautical Loads Engineer on the F4 Phantom Fighter until 1973, then became employed at Allied Chemical's Nylon plant in Chesterfield, Virginia --an internationally recognized leader in Manufacturing Reliability at the time. Nelms eventually became part of Allied's Corporate Reliability Center, where he concentrated his attention on Failure Analysis until the Center was disbanded in 1986 -- whence he formed Failsafe.
 
His professional work initially focused on the physical causes of machinery failure. He developed an expertise in experimental stress analysis, including strain gage and photoelasticity studies. He also became involved in probabilistic reliability studies, including Weibull and other statistical analysis methods. But his passion emerged when it became obvious to him that human beings cause all physical failure. Since 1996, Bob has devoted most of his time trying to clarify the sensitive human issues at the root of all failure.

 

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Safety Moment - Tell Safety Success Stories - Talk about safety that works!

27Jul

Safety Podcast, Safety Program, Investigations, Human Performance, Safety Differently, Operational Excellence, Resilience Engineering


We all have fallen for this trap.  We talk about the stuff that is bad.  We present accidents and near misses in the hopes that workers will learn and be better...in a way we want to deter your accident by scaring you with someone else's accident.  It does not really work, but hey when has that ever stopped us.  Bet you a dollar you can find Heinrich's Pyramid someplace in your plant - worse yet - I'll bet you can find somebody that believes if you have 300 sprained ankles the nest event will be a death.

Let's talk about what works.  Let's talk about where our safety programs and controls are working.  Let's tell stories of how we are getting better and better.  Let's talk about where we have failed safely.

Thanks for listening.  You make the podcast go
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PAPod 80 - David Woods: A Scholar Looks Ahead - Part 2

23Jul

Safety Podcast, Safety Program, Investigations, Human Performance, Safety Differently, Operational Excellence, Resilience Engineering


OK Stop... if you have not heard PAPod 79 go back and listen now.  The background will make PAPod 80 sing like a beautiful opera singer...and make the world a better place.

This is the look ahead from David Woods.  This is the best discussion of the idea of "Graceful Extensibility" I have ever heard.  You will love it.  

Thanks for listening and subscribing.  Tell your friends.  I am sure you are getting your money's worth -  The last several podcasts alone have changed my life.  Thanks again.
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Safety Moment - Stop Work Authority is a Prevention Tool NOT a Barrier

20Jul

Safety Podcast, Safety Program, Investigations, Human Performance, Safety Differently, Operational Excellence, Resilience Engineering

This will not make me popular...but dammit, I am right on this one.  We have to stop thinking about the "Stop Work Authority" we all give our workers like it is some kind of control or barrier.  IT IS NOT!!!

At best it is a prevention tool, but mostly it is used retrospectively to blame workers for failing to stop.

Enjoy this podcast.  I am sure I will get some tomatoes thrown against my house.  Thanks for listening.  Tell your friends and subscribe... More people are always better.
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PAPod 79 - David Woods: The History of the New View - Part 1

16Jul

Safety Podcast, Safety Program, Investigations, Human Performance, Safety Differently, Operational Excellence, Resilience Engineering


This is part one of a two-part episode.  This is an interview with David Woods, The Ohio State University and father in some (or much) parts of the contemporary New View.  I adore this man on so many levels and so will you - I promise - love him.

This podcast will talk about the early days and the early thinking of how this move towards the new view happened.  It is smart and short, fast and deep, and most of all fun and interesting.

Thanks for listening.  Tell your friends.  This one is important.  Listen several times..
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Safety Moment - Even Good Systems Have Limits

13Jul

Safety Podcast, Safety Program, Investigations, Human Performance, Safety Differently, Operational Excellence


The best systems in the world have limits.  The best systems in the world fail.  You cannot or will not ever make a system that will be perfect.  Stop thinking like that.  It makes you look dumb when something bad happens in your organization.

What you manage are the limits of the system.  What you manage are the margins.  What you manage is the systems ability to fail and not explode...

Thanks for listening.  Isn't this getting fun.  I love typing all of these notes - I am sure nobody reads them - but if you do and you send me an email.  I will talk about you on the podcast.  Thanks again!
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PAPod 78 - Chaos Monkeys - Adrian Cockcroft

9Jul

Safety Podcast, Safety Program, Investigations, Human Performance, Safety Differently, Operational Excellence


I could not wait for this podcast to hit the streets.  This podcast is thoughtful, smart, forward-looking, and super interesting.  In short, I love this episode.  Please meet Adrian Cockcroft...I will grab a bio...he's done everything.  Listen to this twice.   Thanks for being a part of the podcast.

Mr. Adrian Cockcroft has been a Technology Fellow at Battery Ventures since 2014. He joined the firm in 2013 and focuses on IT Infrastructure. Mr. Cockcroft advises Battery on technology trends and issues, help with deal sourcing and due-diligence and speak at events around the globe. He served as a Chief Architect and Director of Web Engineering at Netflix, Inc. He joined the Netflix in 2007. Mr. Cockcroft directed a team, and responsible for research and development of scalable personalized web architectures. Prior to Netflix, he joined eBay in 2004, where he initially worked in Operations Architecture, investigating new platforms and providing guidance to the capacity planning groups at eBay and PayPal. As a founding member of eBay Research Labs in 2005, Mr. Cockcroft helped define the initial strategy for the Labs and an Innovation Forum. Prior to eBay, he spent 16 years at Sun Microsystems, became a Distinguished Engineer in 1999, and served as Chief Architect and Product Boss for Sun's High Performance Technical Computing business Unit. During this time he also served as the on-site capacity planning consultant for the Salt Lake 2002 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games. He filed two patents on capacity planning techniques while at Sun, and four patents related to peer to peer marketplaces while at eBay. Mr. Cockcroft has consulted on architecture, scalability and performance for the Bebo.com social network, and is an advisory board member at Holocosmos. Mr. Cockcroft serves as Member of Advisory Board at Infovell, Inc. and DeepDyve, Inc. Mr. Cockcroft is best known as the author of four books including Sun Performance and Tuning (2 editions); Resource Management; and Capacity Planning for Internet Services. He was named one of the top leaders in Cloud Computing in 2011 and 2012 by SearchCloudComputing magazine. He graduated from The City University, London with a B.SC in Applied Physics and Electronics.  (Bloomberg)
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Safety Moment - Cardinal Rules are not so Cardinal

6Jul

Safety Podcast, Safety Program, Investigations, Human Performance, Safety Differently, Operational Excellence


What could be better then 8 or 9 or 6 very clear rules that must be followed?  It is brilliant!  It is so simple!  It makes safety easy for the workers - simple never break one of these rules and you will never have an accident.

Who the hell made that up?  That is not only naive and simple, but I think it actually makes management of reliable organizations difficult and unsuccessful.   

Perhaps we could use that same list to manage controls?  Now that makes more sense.   

Thanks for listening.   You make the podcast go.  Keep it up and tell your friends.
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PAPod 77 - Expertise and Capacity - Hello Ron Gantt!

2Jul

Safety Podcast, Safety Program, Investigations, Human Performance, Safety Differently, Operational Excellence

Ron Gantt is the Vice President of SCM Safety. He has over 15 years of experience in the safety field. Ron has earned his Masters of Engineering in Advance Safety Engineering and Management and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Occupational Safety and Health. In addition to his academic achievements Ron is also a Certified Safety Professional, an Associate Risk Manager and a Certified Environmental, Safety, and Health Trainer. Ron was awarded the 2013 Rising Star of Safety from the National Safety Council and the Young Talent Participant from the Resilience Engineering Association in 2015. Ron specializes in working towards creating noticeable change in the safety field by working with clients to enhance their safety leadership, safety management systems, regulatory compliance and organizational learning. In his free time Ron enjoys spending time with his wife and their 4 dogs, watching movies and learning new things.
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