Safety in Meetings Means Safety in the Field

CIM Montreal 2015
ESTHER EWING (Big Tree Strategies)
Our work with Intentional Teams came out of extensive research, including stories about the need to choose and live by the team’s key values. Sending each member of the workforce home safely at the end of the day is a top objective. North America’s mining industry assumes no one comes to work wanting to do a bad job or to get hurt, but mining often takes place in remote areas with indigenous and foreign people, in cultures different from ours. Raising safety concerns in a meeting raises safety in the field where stakes are higher.

Our presentation explores case studies:
1. The culture of a parent mining company in eastern Europe was that if someone got hurt on the job, they were stupid and didn’t follow rules. But the culture of the Canadian subsidiary was no one comes to work wanting to be hurt.

2. A heavy piece of equipment fell to the bottom of a mine shaft. No one was hurt, but the mine was closed and the restoration risky. An integrated intentional team got things up and running without an injury, and the company won an International Safety Award.
Keywords: engaged teams, safety, intentional teams
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