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Flight of the Bumblebee

Here in the South, we have a bee that eats wood, destroying otherwise fine architecture, fences and outdoor furniture. It’s called the white-faced bee or white-faced bumble. Somehow, over time it has become known as the carpenter bee – a most disrespectful misnomer as no carpenter intentionally destroys something made of wood. Well, okay, I will admit I did once destroy a book cabinet I had made, but in my defense, it was built out of square, out of plumb, and out of level.

What is a Diverging Diamond Interchange?

Roughly 10 years ago, we started to see traffic circles (or "round-abouts") pop up across the US. What is a traffic circle? Well, if you don't know, a traffic circle is exactly what is sounds like; it is an area of traffic designed in a circular pattern. It allows for the flow of traffic to be continuous for those within the circle and for traffic to safely enter the traffic circle when there is no traffic approaching from the left. Traffic circles reduce the likelihood of side impact collisions found at the traditional 90-degree intersection. They also eliminate the need for electronic traffic control as the traffic circle is its own source of traffic control. The Department of Transportation (DOT) claims a 75% reduction in injury collisions and a 90% reduction in fatal collisions as a result of traffic circle creation. Simply put, traffic circles are a safer alternative to the traditional intersection and they also allow for a smoother flow of traffic. 

Address Your Stress

When you’re busy or stressed, it doesn’t take much to become upset. This could be caused by something major, like a work request you’re not able to complete, or something small, like a clicking sound across the room that won’t stop. It could even be caused by something traditionally considered a safety measure, like the alarm sounding in your car when you put your key in the ignition. Stressors like these can create a real dent in the daily dirigible of deliverance.

Safety Only Works If You Do

In a society of ever-increasing rules, we tend to lean on the bureaucracies that create the regulations to support us. However, it’s important to understand that rules aren’t what truly keep us safe. At the end of the day, safety only occurs when we take an actionable stance on being safe. Reading endless OSHA recommendations doesn’t make us one whit safer until we actually take responsibility for our own actions. Having a hard hat and safety glasses is good practice, however, being aware of your environment is the true first line of protection. By never putting yourself in harm’s way, you will not need to utilize the protection afforded by the safety systems. Counting on safety rules and regulations is a passive approach, much like playing defense in a game without ever scoring. It’s solid offense that carries the ball and wins games, and it’s a proactive stance on safety that will ensure your safety. All too often, I see people relying on some process or electronic gizmo to protect them, when the reality is that no process can be counted on to be foolproof.

Safety First: Five Tips to Maintain a Culture of Safe Driving

Now more than ever, we are being asked to implement energy efficiency and demand response programs more efficiently and effectively.  With all this need for speed, it’s important to maintain a culture of safety.


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