1948 years ago in AD 63 an earthquake in southern Italy by the gulf of Naples seriously damaged the ancient city of Pompeii causing an undetermined number of deaths and spread out destruction, but the locals went to work rebuilding in the same spot until they were buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano 16 years later in AD 79.
Galveston TX Hurricanes
Average Brushed or hit every 2.94 years Average Direct hit every 8.63 years
The Great Storm of 1900 - Sep 8th 1900 - Pop: 42,000 residents Category 4 @ 135 mph -Great loss of life between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals – officially 8,000
The 1915 Storm, August 17th, Category 4 @ 135 mph 42 people dead in the Galveston area
$60 - 1915 million dollars in damage
Ike Sep 13th 2008 - The third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States Final landfall in Galveston Texas as a strong cat 2 with cat 5 equivalent storm surge winds extended 120 miles from the center.
Blamed for at least 195 deaths – 74 in Haiti and 112 in the USA 300 still missing. - Damages estimated at 24 billion (2008) US Dollars
Resulted in the largest evacuation in the state of Texas history and the largest search and rescue operation in US history
Chernobyl, An Experiment Gone Wrong
On Saturday, April 26th, 1986 at 1:23 am, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. Ironically, the experiment consisted in testing how the power plant would respond in the event of an accident. The operators at the plant wanted to bring down the power output of the reactor to 25%, but over-confidence, poor training and poor knowledge of how a reactor works caused them to overdo it, and they ended up bringing down the power output to 1%. When they then tried to bring it up to 25%, the reactor overheated and exploded causing the worst nuclear accident in history.
Human Concerns: Workplace Violence Is Real
Posted on Wednesday, September 23 @ 20:24:57 PDT by editor
Merely having a workplace violence prevention policy does not do enough to address the need. Proactive prevention strategies must include new employee orientations and continuing education at all levels of the organization. Such proactive measures must not sugar coat the realities by pretending there are no problems, avoiding to address past incidents and how they were resolved as valued-added prevention training, identification of risk factors, recognition of hazards, reporting and proper assessment of at risk situations. Training though helpful must not be the end to the means, it must be supported by a range of programs including ongoing physical security and personnel assessments, conduct accountability, leadership responsibilities and consequences.
Workplace Violence Prevention is a real workplace safety and security issue worth your continued discussion and management commitment. I will not bore nor scare you with statistics, suffice to say the incidents that lead to aggressive behavior are real. Truthfully, who cares about statistics when it comes to personal safety? Here is why passion drives the commitment.
Lab Tech Arrested in Yale Murder
New Haven Police Chief James Lewis said Le's death was a case of workplace violence and elaborated little except to say reports that the two had a romantic relationship were untrue "to my knowledge."
"It is important to note that this is not about urban crime, university crime, domestic crime but an issue of workplace violence, which is becoming a growing concern around the country," Lewis said, adding he wasn't ruling out additional charges.
While any prudent person would agree that supervisors, company/organizational/agency administrators and managers have a responsibility to address the issue of workplace safety…routinely, therein lies the problem. How and where do they go to routinely acquire the so called expertise necessary to address safety and security without the benefit of situational expertise? Spending your resources to receive lectures on theories without situational application just are insufficient to engender credibility or ownership in the outcome. Statistics are go but they never harmed anyone nor caused workplace disruptions. No one disqualifies the genuine efforts of the experts but rather, question whether the content is suitable for real world applications. We need discussions that drive home the point of personal responsibility and accountability in the face of a lack luster response by employers.
There is no question in my mind that the employer's swiftest route to an employee's family filing of a wrongful death or serious civil liability suit in the workplace is through a documented lack of care of concern and failure to recognize workplace hazards that place your employees and others at risk. The problem is that until some one in a leadership position is a victim nothing will change.
Supervisors, staff and employees should not be left to manage threats to their safety on their own. This in fact epitomizes the hypocrisy of the situation. OSHA clearly states that employers are expected to provide safe and secure workplaces devoid of any hazards that place employees at risk and must eliminate those hazards. Well, if an employee reports such a condition to a superior and they shame the employee rather than doing something about it, document the situation and the resulting response and ask for corrective action.
Remember, if security is suppose to be everyone's responsibility let's share the burden by making a commitment to workplace safety, of your own volition that shows concern and not a reaction to mandates or news reports.