Monday, January 5, 2015

Making Progress – The safety end game

Pablo Casals was considered to be the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century.  When he was still playing his cello in the middle of his tenth decade of life, a young reporter asked, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 years old and the greatest cellist who ever lived.  Why do you still practice six hours a day?”  Mr. Casals answered, “Because I think I am making progress.”

What a great attitude!  Should we ever be so satisfied to think we have reached some self proclaimed pinnacle of success?  Shouldn’t we rather continue to grow and try to improve the performance of our group and our profession?  I remember interviewing safety culture pioneer, Dr. Dan Petersen just three months before he passed away.  At that time, he was still writing and talking with people in our profession and was still looking forward to making further contributions. 

We are fortunate to be able to continue to use our background, experiences and knowledge to help present and future generations in eliminating injuries and fatalities.  If we look back a mere 50 years, the progress toward an injury free workplace has indeed been impressive.   Truly, there is still much to be done that we can assist in if we will just continue to use the gifts, abilities and knowledge each of us has gained over our decades of experience.  What is needed is a personal commitment to continue to grow and bear fruit for as long as we are able.  May you and I plan to stay in the game and continue to practice that which will make a difference to those who are coming along after us.

The Doc

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