As many of you know, I drove, dispatched, was Operations Manager, and Safety Manager for an airport shuttle service for a number of years. Something I noticed repeatedly over the years was the difference in collisions when the driver was alone as opposed to when passengers were being carried. If you are aware of today’s … Continue reading DEATH PENALTY ABOLISHED – 1976 – OR WAS IT?
Well, the season is well underway and I actually have the BBQ out for the first time in three years. Nope, I cleaned out the tubes and left the lid open so there were no big bangs in my neighbourhood. Let’s talk propane for a minute. The BBQ bottle, lift truck or house trailer outside … Continue reading HOW ARE THE STEAKS AND SHISH KABOBS THIS SUMMER?
What in the world is Nicky talking about this time? When people say someone has their head buried in the sand, they are claiming that the person is ignoring obvious facts or refusing to accept advice, hoping that simply denying the existence of a problem will make it go away. The ostrich doesn’t really do that ……. just … Continue reading ARE YOU AN OSTRICH?
When I was training drivers I tried to make an impression that you, the driver, are the creator of attitudes about your business. Think of any transportation business out there. Generally speaking, there is somebody at the top, a Chief Executive Officer. Then there are Middle Management, accountants, clerical people and sales staff. Unless they … Continue reading HOW DOES YOUR BRAND SIZE UP?
MY BIG STICK By Nick Nicholson When you look at that title, one conjures up the sense of power, authority and we often relate it to some type of enforcement. We’ve all heard the assertion, “Walk softly and carry a big stick”. As a safety practitioner in the transportation industry, I was well known for … Continue reading MY BIG STICK
THE PLEASURE OF INSTRUCTING ADULTS As a child, I was a very poor student – a “dreamer”. As a teenager, I was a belligerent student and I confess that I would not have wanted to be one of my teachers. Thinking back, I believe this activity was because I didn’t want to be there. Gazing … Continue reading THE PLEASURE OF INSTRUCTING ADULTS
When I was a child, (60 years ago, at least) I often dreamt of roads having wires implanted into the pavement that a magnet could follow to keep everybody in their own lane. This made so much sense to me because everywhere I looked, I could see multiple wires cluttering the sky for electricity, telephone … Continue reading ARE MY IDEAS PRACTICAL?
I talk a lot about paying attention to hazards and that everybody should be aware. This is great if you can think of them when you need them, react to them and prevent an injury or other carnage. Lets consider some things that happen in our daily lives that may seem frivolous at first. What … Continue reading TURN YOUR MIND TOWARD PREVENTION
REACTIVE SAFETY IS TOO LATE There's a reactive side and a pro-active side to safety. In so many, many instances we find ourselves on the reactive side which is the wrong place to be. That means that something has happened and now we have to take whatever action we can to mitigate the damage and … Continue reading REACTIVE SAFETY IS TOO LATE
I often talk out loud to myself. I find that I get the answers that best suit my desires. But seriously, I'm an old man. I really do it so that I can remember what's going on. I particularly advise women to talk out loud to themselves, especially when driving. Women driving alone are at … Continue reading WOMEN ALONE by Nick Nicholson