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'Safe by Accident' is Not the Goal

Aug. 28, 2013
Mark Norton has investigated over 70 fatalities and supervised hundreds of fatality investigations. He says the worst part is explaining to a worker's family how their loved one died.

The last thing any company wants is for its facilities to be safe by accident, Mark Norton, MAOM, RSP, told a full house at VPPPA’s annual conference in a session titled, “Are Subcultures Eating Away at your Safety Culture?”

“If you don’t pay attention to the little things,” said Norton, “you’ll have fatalities.”

A short cut – bypassing safety precautions in order to speed production – these things can lead to injuries and even fatalities. Norton offered an example from his own life of the terrible impact one poor decision can have not only on the person who made it, but on others who depend on that person.

Read full article at EHS Today.

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