Message from the President April 2022

It’s April Already!

    I hope this letter finds everyone doing well. It’s the first week of April and it seems like everyone and everything is operating in the fast lane. How many of you can remember what the Eagles had to say about, “LIFE IN THE FAST LANE…”? Let’s make certain we’re doing everything we can to prevent surprises. Remember, surprises lead to incidents and incidents lead to injuries.

   I recently had the privilege to speak at the Forging Industry Association’s inaugural Safety Conference in Detroit, where I introduced our AI (artificial intelligence) solutions to that industry. It was a great meeting by the way. During said meeting a “near miss” was defined by an attendee as “any unplanned event”. Think about that for a minute, if something happens that we weren’t expecting, it could or could not – would or would not result in injury solely based on reaction and response. To us safety folks, those are code words for LUCK. In all my days, I have not heard a better definition for near miss than that. With this in mind, do we think we do a good job of capturing “all near misses”. I think we’d all agree, WE DO NOT. 

   Our April meeting is fast approaching, and we have our good friend Tom Robinson from the AGC coming to speak to us about Work Zone Hazards. UA SafeState will be sponsoring the lunch for this meeting, so please plan to attend. We’ll be meeting at the same time and same place as our usual meetings.

   As for our challenge this month, it’s April and we’re well into the second quarter of 2022. How are we doing? NO, I MEAN HOW ARE WE DOING? Let’s self-check often and routinely. As we go about our personal routines, let’s not forget to check on our fellows. Let’s be each other’s keepers – that means we’ll ask questions AND we’ll listen to the responses.

   I look forward to seeing all of you on the 15th. Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance. Take care and please stay well.

 – Paul

Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter