Safety

Effective training for a powerful safety culture part 2 (Supervisors)

Part one of this blog discussed the importance of effective safety training. We will discuss what steps need to be taken to train supervisors.  Supervisors are key for safety on the jobsite. They are the intermediary between the worker and management. The way they lead, act as role models, and communicate are important factors in …

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It has been one crazy year!

Hello everybody! Welcome to my blog reboot. Hopefully, I have not lost too many followers. Let’s begin with a 2020 recap of our company. Next, 2021 intentions will be shared with you. First, I am very grateful because we survived! The beginning of 2020 was exciting, hopeful, and full of plans. I began attending Columbia …

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Good communication fosters a strong safety climate part 2

Good communication fosters a strong safety climate part 2 In part one, we reviewed communication breakdowns at home and with the first recorded skyscraper in ancient history, the Tower of Babel. We discussed how important communication is and how challenging it is to do well in our own language.  Now grasp the degree of challenge …

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Good communication fosters a strong safety climate part 1

Words matter! Good communication is essential for any company to succeed. Bad communication can result in disaster. Dialog begins with two seemingly simple steps, talking and listening. I say seemingly, because I observe people all the time speak what they think is clear and plain language, yet others have trouble comprehending what was said.  Listening …

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Notice of discontinuation of transportation services

Earlier this month, Alfonso Interpreting & Transporting issued the following announcement. I want to thank you for trusting in Alfonso Interpreting for your interpretation and transport needs. Workers’ Compensation and liability insurance continue to increase for us, while lower cost services such as Uber and Lyft have continued to rise as competitors.  Due to the …

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Training Leaders for a Strong Safety Culture Part 2

In part one of this subject, we discussed that a skilled worker doesn’t always transition well into a skilled leader.  Just like workers have a learning curve and require training to learn and hone their skill, crew leaders, supervisors, and foremen also need to be taught leadership skills. The following are some recommendations to prepare …

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Training Leaders for a strong safety culture part 1

Supervisors are in the trenches so to speak. They oversee the actual work being performed and have authority to make changes and correct hazards. In the U.S. the most common system for advancing in a company is to reward productive workers by giving them a supervisory position. I often find this approach unproductive. Why? As …

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