Safe travels. It’s the sendoff before we board a plane or hit the road. Well wishes so common, it’s almost like a reflex, a saying we utter out of common courtesy rather than assigning literal meaning.
And yet, it’s a sentiment we should stop to think about. Every day, we make decisions to keep ourselves safe and on track of our obligations. A recent flight reminded me just how much safety comes into play at work, in transit and on our own clock.
Soon after lifting off, the plane flew over a long line of thunderstorms. In anticipation of the turbulence ahead the captain left the seatbelt sign on until we had safely passed beyond the line of storms. We flew above 35,000 feet, well over the storm, for approximately 45 minutes. The captain flipped on the plane’s seatbelt sign and announced a safety warning, just as we entered some turbulence. As we flew through the “danger zone” the crew made several announcements over the intercom. Each message served as a reminder of why the seatbelt sign had been turned on, and detailed the expected timeline of when it would be turned off.
The captain was also mindful of the flight crew, requesting them to buckle up, instead of tending to meal and beverage service. Grumbling stomachs and comments wouldn’t take precedence over the captain’s evident better safe than sorry mindset.
The point is this: Safety is not just avoiding or decreasing risk, but rather reminding everyone to be safe no matter what they are doing. (Tweet it!) I found comfort simply in knowing the captain was concerned about our wellbeing and had a plan in place. Whether we realize it or not, plans keep us calm during the storm. They keep us moving forward, instead of panicking or delaying because we don’t know how to proceed.
Whether it be in the office, in transit, at home, or anywhere in between, safety doesn’t stop. Every training we have at Franklin Energy covers it. We educate and adhere to OSHA requirements, but we plan for our specific business and for our employees. How can we reduce accidents from occurring? Where can we increase awareness and put plans in place?
I ask anyone reading this, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, think about safety. Think about what affects it and think about ways you could be better prepared.Have a plan. Stay well and stay safe!
Tim Kaddatz is committed to enforcing a safe and healthy work environment through employee accountability by establishing and enforcing appropriate safety policies and procedures. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of safety and fleet programs, including OSHA compliance, contract compliance, training and auditing, while managing a team of regional safety leads. Tim works to develop, implement and modify safety requirements, ensuring overall business needs and compliance standards are met. Tim holds a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in criminology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and multiple Building Performance Institute certifications.