Friday Sharing w/You

Friday, June 3

2016 FSY Week 023- Be FitButton - Make Money & Love Safety

Hooray, it’s Friday!

Although we are all Perfectly Imperfect

Don’t be dissuaded by the saying “aren’t you too old for that?”

 

Hello Friday Friends & PengYiu,

As always, please join me in advocating:

Make Money & Love Safety

赚钱第一; 安全在我心! & 明天一定会更好!加油哦

Jana Wang, Cinta Keselamatan

 

Quick Quotable

(F) Fleeting moments bring lasting joy

(S) Smile triggers positive emotions

(Y) Yearning each day the joy of sunrise

 

Quick Question

There are 4 ‘A’s

Athletes, Artists, Authors or Actors

Which one can’t express themselves?

Today Sharing:

The latest Fatality - http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/china-national-latest-worksite-fatality

 

The Blame, Shames & Justify World

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-contractors/2802904.html

 

Implementing more rules and regulations will create more disorders and loopholes -

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/consultant-jailed-6-months-for-dumping-dying-worker

 

Working Safely Starts  from Here – Another area that Makes Money and DON’T love safety.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/operator-of-overcrowded-dorm-fined-300k

 

Can we solve workplace safety problem? Yes, it can be solved.

Let us go back to 1931, if you got a chance to visit New York, take a trip up the Empire State Building. But unlike the many express routes that most tourists take to the top, stop at the exhibition on the 80th floor to learn more about its extraordinary history. It is good to look at history and learn how the Empire State Building was built. History might provide us with some safety solutions. We would now reject many of the working practices as unsafe, they were considered very safe for the era. And the building was completed under budget and ahead of schedule with no fancy technologies, safety PPE or modern equipment & tools, no Microsoft Project nor an Excel spreadsheet in sight! However, look deep below the surface and some core safety, quality or project principles of sound management are very evident.

 

Empire State Building

Vital Statistics:

Location: New York, New York, USA

Completion Date: 1931

Cost: $41 million

Height: 1,454 feet

Stories: 102

Schedule: Complete in 1 year and 45 days

Labor Force: 3,000 + workers

6 men died during the construction

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2920453/Laughing-face-death-Incredible-pictures-construction-workers-fooling-built-America-s-iconic-buildings.html

 

There is more than one solution to our workplace safety problems and it can be solved but they are challenges.

C#1:

For me, I totally believe that make money and love safety strategy can go hand in hand and if I believe in my solution, then I go ahead and implement and make the problem go away. That’s how we operated in my ex-company. Once you believe in that solution which is the one and only way to make the problem go away. Please take advantage of the opportunity.

But don’t ever fall in love with your own solution because it makes it incredibly difficult to see its flaws, to negotiate with people who don’t agree with you, and to find an even better solution. I always believe there are better solutions out there.

And, on the other side of the fence…

C#2:

When you find someone pitching a solution you don’t like,

Example: “Stiffer penalties for employers with potential workplace safety issues, announced recently by the Ministry of Manpower to curb a rise in workplace deaths.”

You will be tempted to deny that is not your problem at all. After all, if you diminish the problem, you won’t have to accept the solution that’s on the table.

Example: “No company wishes for accidents to happen,”  “Our members and contractors do their best to ensure that all workers come to work and go home safely. It is unfortunate that the accidents happened and no employer would want these to happen to their workers.”

But of course, the problem is real.

“In the first four months of this year (2016) there were 28 workplace fatalities, six more compared to the same period last year.”

The dissatisfaction or inefficiency or wrong direction isn’t going to go away merely because people deny it. It is only that the 28 fatalities are not our family members.

Implementing more rules and regulations will create more disorders and loopholes. And not forgetting you need to employ more enforcement officers, which I believe we are in shortage of. Maybe we have to go to the same way of displaying cardboard enforcement offices in the workplace borrowing the idea of the cardboard policeman you see everywhere in Singapore shopping malls.

I always believe if the bosses want something to happen they just make it happen, as simple as that. 

Don’t Blame,

Don’t Shames &

Don’t Justify.

It’s amazing how much we can get done when you agree to get something done. That’s making money and love safety.

 

Let’s set our own industries standard and requirement, just like in Total Quality Management making quality certainty and safety will fall in line.

 

What’s next?

Make every day’s a safety school day for our worker, treat each of them as a family member, not cheap labour. They, too are human, the different is that they are born at a not-so-right place and have to be exported here. And  maybe make a button promote “I have the POWER to MAKE MONEY & LOVE SAFETY” (Refer to picture)

   

With gratitude

 

Until We Meet Here Next Friday… Be Fit

 

Acknowledgements

My FSY’s sharing is unscientifically and some are contributed by wife & children, friends, acquaintances. I write and share things that matter to me. I understand that everyone have their own opinions, views, & thoughts. There are no right or wrong answers. Nothing is true or untrue, most facts and data can be twisted to your favour.

To the authors, contributors and original sources, my thanks and where appropriate my apologies if I forget to quote your names.  If I took a page from your generous sharing and tweaked it into something else, something I hope will spread and the whole purpose is for sharing and sharing is caring.