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Arbor Day of Service – ol you v unteers nk Looking Back & Looking Ahead 2017 Arbor Day of Service project coordinators will soon receive their 2017 Arbor Day of Service posters! This year’s poster is a little different. After careful consideration, we have made the poster smaller. The new size means the poster is small enough to mail – so that we can make sure every project receives one! It also means that, in the future, we don’t need to wait to distribute them by hand at the September meeting and we can turn around our “thank you” poster soon after the event. Proj- ect coordinators will now receive a mailed poster and certificate of our thanks. We hope you like the new poster design. We will have extras available at the October dinner meeting. Here at MAA we are already looking ahead to the 2018 Arbor Day of Service. We are developing idea toolkits which we will post on the MAA website. If you have ideas for Arbor Day projects, or suggestions for how to pull off an exceptional project – as so many of you do! – please let us know. We’d love to share your thoughts with others. Attitude in the Workplace and How it Effects Safety by Jay Sturm Attitude. I think it’s going to be the new buzzword in the industry. I keep hearing this word coming out of the mouths of managers, safety people and workers alike. I hope this is yet another step in creating a safer work environment for all of us. the “use safe practices all the time” message and make it so it matters to your employees. I know some individuals in the safety industry believe that making safety personal helps. I believe they’re right. Having been a part of so many levels of this business, it can be hard to understand why there can still be so many acc idents when we are writing and implementing many new and better standards for safety. Yet we still persevere in writing new stan- dards for safety and implementing new ideas. To emphasize the importance of “going home at the end of your day and spending time with family or friends” as being wrapped up totally with safe practices really drives the message home. If you’re in a managerial position, knowing the name of an employee’s spouse and children is a good practice. Reinforce rules personally such as, “It’s important to me that you wear a hard hat so that you can go home in one piece and build that tree house with Junior.” The message carries a personal tone and has a better chance of hitting home. I can’t remember any accident in recent history that wasn’t a result of not following the safety standards. I hate to say it, but it gets to be old hat sometimes when you look at an accident and the whole reason it happened is because someone didn’t follow protocol or didn’t know the proper way to complete a task. Training is the next step, and an important piece of the ‘safe operation’ puzzle that needs to get implemented. I refer to it as the next step and not the final step because I can see where we will go from there. The final step will be attitude. You can preach safe practices and demand that your employees know the procedures forward and backward, but if they don’t use their knowledge all the time, it’s like you never trained them. I have taken some chances and now that I look back I realize that I was lucky. At the management level, you need to convey Face it, our work lives are important. They support our home lives. We all have our special interests and special needs. All of which require that we work every day and require that we leave work in one piece. The “leaving work in one piece” part seems to get lost in the fray when we’re focused on getting a job done. At my company, we provide trainings and one of our goals is not only to teach, but to get the safety message through. Jay Sturm is an associate member of MAA. He is a consultant at Sturm Corporation and serves as an expert witness with OSHA. Jay is the founder of Cranes 101. MAA NEWS / Fall 17