Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.
Join in on the conversation as we speak to safety leaders that have taken their companies to the next level by creating an environment that encompasses safety and minimizes risk. Because the truth is safety doesn’t just happen - you have to be intentional If you want to reap the operational and financial benefits of a safe workplace.
It’s paramount. It’s consequential. It’s No Accident.
The No Accident Podcast is presented by TRUCE, the leader in eliminating mobile device distractions so your team can do more. Safely.
Barton McMillin | How to Know When Safety is Catching
In this episode of the No Accident podcast, presented by TRUCE, we hear from Barton McMillin, who’s worked in the industry for more than 25 years and currently serves as the Vice President of Environmental, Health, & Safety at Ericsson.
He discusses why engagement with a safety culture is a great measurement of a company’s success, why it’s important to think of safety in the proactive sense rather than simply compliance, and why safer employees are more lucrative for the business.
“I am the safety guy, but I'm also here to help the business,” he says. “And helping the business is to make sure that the business understands what risks we're taking and how it's affecting our people.”
He also explains why a good safety professional is someone who genuinely cares about their employees’ safety inside and outside of work rather than simply being focused on productivity and how much money an injury could cost the company.
Tony Wallace | The Operating Discipline of Safety
Tony Wallace is the Global Vice President of Safety, Health, and Environmental Quality at industrial gas company Linde. In this episode of the No Accident podcast, presented by TRUCE, he explains why Linde’s leaders take a hands-on approach to safety, and the importance of viewing it as a disciplined group effort that helps the whole business, rather than just individuals.
“When our senior leadership goes into the field … they’ll walk around and ask questions like, How are you doing on your safety?” he says. “Talking to the employees and asking the question, What are some things we can do to help make you and your site safer? and then following through. It’s making that connection with our employees and our lineman.”
The COVID-19 pandemic reminded Tony of the impact that everyone’s safety decisions have on one another.
“My background is being able to understand how and why we do things — not simply what the safety answer is, but how we do it together to ensure we can accomplish all of our goals,” Tony says.
Robert Schindler | Is There Really Such a Thing as a Safety Culture?
Is “safety culture” a concept of the past?
In this episode of the No Accident podcast presented by TRUCE, Robert Schindler, Vice President of Safety at Arch-Con, discusses how the commercial construction company goes beyond simply having a “safety culture.”
“Once you incorporate safety into the production side of things and you plan safety into your work, you're so much more effective when you're out in the field putting that work in place. You're able to be more efficient … Efficiency is what allows us to be successful,” Robert says.
Tune in to the episode to hear how safety is integrated into every aspect of the company’s DNA — and how that pays off.
Bianca Castagna | The Strength of a Good Defense
While some safety leaders measure success or failure by the number of injury reports, Bianca Castagna, leader of the Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) program at the GE Aviation plant in Auburn, Alabama, prefers to think further ahead.
“If we define safety by the strength of our defenses against hazards, rather than just avoiding injuries, we will have better outcomes,” she tells the No Accident podcast, presented by TRUCE.
To understand those hazards, Bianca asks the employees on the floor about their safety concerns and how they protect themselves. Having identified these defenses — as she calls them — she investigates further to make sure they’re effective, sufficient, and being properly maintained.
In addition to preventing accidents, Bianca says that employees who know their company cares about their safety are more productive.
“If people are safe and healthy at work, they’re more likely to make better quality parts, and to be productive and feel a sense of ownership in what it is they’re producing,” Bianca says. “It's all about getting products out the door to our customers, so they can be satisfied and we can make money.”
Alex Guariento | The Ripple Effect of Safety
The Hierarchy of Controls theory holds that removing a hazard is the single most effective measure an organization can take to ensure the safety of its workers and customers.
Yet anyone who’s ever run a successful company knows that often it’s easier said than done.
“Somebody once said if you want to eliminate motor vehicle accidents, don’t drive. This isn’t realistic,” Alex Guariento, Trimac Transportation’s Vice President of Safety, says on this episode of No Accident. “There has to be an operationally based safety effort that allows you to operate in a manner that protects your employees and still allows you to remain in business.”
Trimac’s fleet carries hazardous materials, not people, yet Alex says drivers must have the same kind of people skills as their counterparts transporting passengers do.
“They need to interact with our customers at the end of a run. Our customers expect professionalism, which includes safety. The driver needs to project this and communicate it to them.”
Joseph Tommasi | Trees, Sawdust and Safety
At The Davey Tree Expert Company, safety is an expectation that employees, managers, businesses and even clients expect when they do business with the 100+ year-old company.
On this episode of No Accident, presented by TRUCE, host Kathleen Finato talks to Joseph Tommasi, who has been in the environmental and landscaping industry for over four decades. Today, Joseph is Vice President of Davey’s Corporate Safety division.
Joseph knows the risks that Davey’s field workers — who work high up with cutting tools near electrical power sources — face, firsthand. Yet his role goes beyond protecting each worker. He believes that investing in safety ensures not only the wellbeing of Davey’s workforce. It ensures the company’s success because it helps protect important capital for the company..
“Our most important asset is our people,” says Joseph. “We need to protect that asset, which means we look after them, and they look after each other.”
Tune in to learn how investing in safety promotes larger business interests, why Joseph believes you can’t manage a safety program through regulation alone, as well as the changes he’s observed over a 40-year career in safety.
Great podcast for the Safety industry
I really appreciate the sharing of knowledge and ideas this podcast brings to the table. Very interesting to hear other’s experiences as to what has been successful for them in their roles.
One thing has been consistent... Safety culture has to be embraced from top management in order it to be successful through the ranks.
Keep up the great work!
I have been very impressed with the first two episodes. Keep up the great work because Safety is no accident.
Professional, Beneficial, Practical
Appreciate that this podcast is not corny and the quality is all there. Hope the helpful content keeps coming.