Safety Speakers Series 3: Rod Courtney

“The biggest hazard in all industries is people’s attitudes toward safety”

We would like to welcome you all to the next installment of the Kwema interview series! In this blog posting we were lucky to be able to speak with Rod Courtney. He shared with us his experience working with the military as well as shared his work in company construction safety, and told us about owning his safety consulting business. Rod shared how he lives his life through the motto of “The biggest hazard in all industries is people’s attitudes toward safety” as is shown through his responses to our interview questions!

  • The “blame cycle” is urged on by the belief that human error occurs because people are not properly motivated. In reality, no matter how motivated an individual is, active errors will continue to occur, occasionally. Events will continue, if event investigations stop prematurely at the active human error.
  • The true causes (typically organizational weaknesses) will not be discovered — will remain latent or hidden — and errors and events will persist. Unless a just culture is established. REMEMBER BLAME SOLVES NOTHING
  • You have two choices: Get Better or Get Even
  • You can blame and punish, or you can learn and improve, but you can’t do both.

“The ability to communicate is the absolute most important skill and safety professional can have”

About Rod Courtney

Occupational Health and Safety Executive with world-class experience leading and supporting health, safety, and environmental (HSE) initiatives. Leads large-scale operations to align business environments with safety standards, including OSHA (Federal and State), EPA (Federal and State), and MSHA. Experience includes leading the development and implementation of HSE policies and programs for global energy development, national defense, and large-scale construction initiatives.

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Everyday 1,000 employees lose their life while at work. We mitigate the safety risks that employees face by providing wearables that activates the right help.