Motivating Safety-Speaking at Structural

Posted: May 13, 2011 in 2011 Events & Posts

Motivating Field Safety

Recently I had the honor of speaking at the Houston Operations offices of the company Structural located in Deer Park.

The company was conducting a roll out of their new safety initiative Frontline Safety. This initiative is designed to increase work place safety and awareness, bring about cultural change and shift ownership of the safety program to the employees.

To start off as any good speaker would do, I introduced myself and gave a brief history of my life. While driving to this speaking engagement I tossed around the idea of illustrating the contradictions of safety by using these three descriptions.  A Gun, Faith and Safety/You.

I felt that by mentioning a gun I would really grab the audience’s attention. Boy did that work.

I first drew a line on the presentation board. Next I took the audience through a series of percentages by taking away and adding percent points to this make-believe gun until we arrived at 60/40. I then passed around this make-believe gun with two bullets in it. Next I asked the audience who would like to pull the trigger at their head knowing that they would have a 60/40 chance of living or 40/60 chance of the gun not firing. As you guessed it, no takers.

It was great and I could really tell they loved it. The message behind this illustration was that although everyone says it “ I don’t want to get hurt”, yet people continue to take 60/40 or 40/60 chances with their lives everyday. When they drive too fast down the highway without a seat belt on or climb a scaffold then walk around without being properly tied off(proper use fall prevention equipment).

We had an amazing time and I was able to make a lot of great and wonderful acquaintances in a short time.

I was able to get a few pictures while I was there. Check em out below.

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