NSC President and CEO Lorraine M. Martin

NSC President and CEO Lorraine M. Martin

‘You can do the impossible when you set your mind to it’

Safety was a daily concern for Lorraine M. Martin while serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in the mid-1980s.

“In the service, you’re looking to make sure that the people we ask to do things on behalf of our nation come home safely every day to their families,” said Martin, who took over as president and CEO of the National Safety Council on June 3, during a recent interview with Safety+Health.

After serving in the military, Martin spent the next 31 years at Lockheed Martin, where she oversaw thousands of employees working on unique projects, which called for safety as a primary objective.

“Folks who build aircraft are in very high-consequence areas, sometimes on scaffolding,” said Martin, who retired from the global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company in 2018. “One of the aircraft I worked on was the C-5, and literally the tail of the aircraft is seven stories in the sky.

“As you’re doing maintenance and other actions on it, you have potentials for falls, injuries and risk. You have to make sure everybody is watching each other’s back and that everything is done in a safe way and done right every single time.”

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Safety+Health: What appealed the most to you about the NSC mission to keep each other safe at work, at home and on the roads?

Lorraine M. Martin: I started my career in the U.S. Air Force and spent 31 years in the aerospace and defense industry. After serving the men and women around the world – both in the United States and our allies – I knew I wanted to continue to give back in a way that helped people live their fullest lives. I looked at where I could bring my leadership skills and my experience in serving others in complex environments. When I thought about how I could do that, the National Safety Council was squarely in that target. It gave me a chance to give to a broader community and to use the skill sets that I’ve developed.

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S+H: How has your experience prepared you for your new role as president and CEO?

Martin: At Lockheed Martin, which was an industrial company building complex systems, I got a chance to be part of all different kinds of product lines. That is an organization that is centered on making sure that work is done well with excellence and that employees have the right environment to do that safely.

That ethos was ingrained in me very early in my professional career. I really enjoyed being part of an organization where safety and respect for the employees was baked into everything we did.

I’ve had a lot of leadership positions, and I really enjoy working with diverse organizations with diverse expertise and helping teams do really hard things. That’s a lot of what we do here at the National Safety Council.

S+H: Describe your personal journey to understanding the importance of safety.

Martin: I started my career in an office environment, then very quickly it translated to helping men and women do their jobs safely.

One of the experiences I had that was really eye-opening was in pilot training and creating high-end simulators to put pilots and those who maintained the aircraft through their paces in a way that was going to be, by definition, injury-free. We subjected them to emergency procedures and the things that can happen in the environment that could cause them to have an injury or, in some cases, loss of life.

If you can train so your heart is racing and you really think you’re in that condition, you can learn how to be prepared and to avoid whatever it might be that could bring you harm.

I saw the power of training and the power of helping human beings go through that experience so that when they’re in a real-life experience, they’re going to come out with a better outcome.

From there, I got a chance to build aircraft. Along with ensuring the safety of workers, it was also about making sure they have the right tools for the operations they’re doing. If it is ergonomically challenging, you have a leadership team to look at those issues and solve the problem.

Any kind of change of culture or safety has to be leader led. You have to live it yourself, show the example and show up where the work’s done to make sure you’re providing the right tools and procedures to enable every human being to go home the same way they came in to work.

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S+H: How would you describe your leadership style?

Martin: I am very focused on teamwork. I’m focused on helping people come together, bringing their voice and their diverse backgrounds to solve problems and make things happen in the world.

Teamwork is often at the core of how I look at a problem, and making sure things are healthy, running well and that I have a role in serving teams as the leader. I’m also very focused on commitment. I have a tagline that says, “Every commitment, every day.” That is about the commitment we make to the people we work with, the commitments we make to our health and well-being, and to our families and communities. That is an important piece of how I show up, and how I hope the council will show up when we make commitments to the people we serve.

It’s also important to me to make sure all voices are heard, and that we have an environment where the diversity of opinion and background is included and welcomed. We’ll solve problems differently when we have all voices at the table.

S+H: How do you approach change?

Martin: Change for all of us is trying and sometimes challenging. But it can also be exciting. I think of change as necessary when we’re taking an organization to whatever its next plateau is, whatever the next challenge is. Change is something that you can actually use to help grow an organization and help an organization become something it didn’t think it could.

I do think change can be built into your DNA. An organization that can accommodate change to meet an objective, or for us all to band together and do something we haven’t done before, can be extremely powerful.

S+H: What do you hope to achieve at NSC?

Martin: First and foremost, I hope to learn about the mission and all the incredible work that’s going on here, and has gone on for decades. With that learning, I want to bring a fresh pair of eyes.

Any new leader or new member of a team comes with a whole new perspective. Everything’s new. Everything can be looked at for the first time.

I also hope to bring leadership and my experience from both the business side and the manufacturing world to make sure we’re listening to our members and we’re bringing the best value proposition we can that they need for their work environments.

S+H: In September, you’ll be taking part in the NSC Congress & Expo, the world’s largest annual event for environmental, safety and health professionals. What are you most looking forward to at Congress?

Martin: With 15,000 people coming together to talk about safety, best practices and being able to learn from each other, I’m thrilled to be part of that.

I’m looking forward to meeting those professionals and the member companies that are a huge part of the National Safety Council. I’m excited to hear our speakers talk about how we challenge ourselves to do something we might think is impossible. When I say “impossible,” I put it in the realm of saying we want zero work fatalities in our nation. We have our Work to Zero initiative. This is a challenge that we can lay down for ourselves to understand how we make that a reality.

It may seem impossible today, but we’re going to hear at Congress that you can do the impossible when you set your mind to it.

This article published first time @ Safety and Health magazine  


Tips to Prevent Falling from Heights

Tips to Prevent meaning:

Some of the most lethal incidents and most common in the workplace happen when people neglect safety when working at heights. This line of work requires meticulous preparation and protection in terms of safety procedures. You need to prevent fall injury by applying the correct safety procedures and confirming employees are properly trained. We’re going to show you some of the things that you need to do in terms of preventing workers from falling from heights, in relation to falls in construction sites.


Tips for Fall Prevention

  1. You need to identify each potential fall hazardno matter if you are in construction, demolition, maintenance or anything else. When you are performing these duties, you need to be sufficiently equipped with the right tools when you are working on unstable and fragile surfaces.
  2. You need to assess situations and risks in which you might fallbecause there is always a possibility for falling when you’re on a roof or at the top of a building. You need to first check out the aspects of the site, like the size, layout and nature, before you climb the ladder. Immediately inform your people in authority so that they can properly take action to address any risks you find.
  3. You need to implement protective measures in order to lessen the risks that you may be faced with at heights. You need to be able to understand the things that you should avoid and the things you should do in an effort to create the safest environment possible.
  4. You need to ensure that there are emergency procedures to immediately respond to fall incidentsAlthough you need to try your best to avoid falls, they may still happen. Your procedures should cater for fall emergencies and respond to them effectively.
  5. You need to ensure that prevention measures and the entire site has enough maintenance services so that your workers can be knowledgeable as well as prepared with the right tools to deal with a fall emergency.
  6. You need to do regular updates of all safety measures and risks assessments in the workplace as required.Make these issues priorities.

Also read: Fall Protection Plan


A safe workplace is crucial and ensuring that you have the right safety procedures and policies for things such as working at heights, first aid CPR, confined space entry, as well as things like WHMIS-GHS can create a great work environment that is safe and productive.

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Falling at height

Fall height death statistics

Make Fall Safety a Top Priority

It may come as a surprise that the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death is falls. In 2015, nearly 33,381 people died in falls at home and at work – and for working adults, depending on the industry, falls can be the leading cause of death.

Hazards in the Workplace

In 2014, 660 workers died in falls from a higher level, and 49,210 were injured badly enough to require days off of work. A worker doesn’t have fall from a high level to suffer fatal injuries. While half of all fatal falls in 2014 occurred from 20 feet or lower, 12% were from less than 6 feet, according to Injury Facts 2017®

Construction workers are most at risk for fatal falls from height – more than seven times the rate of other industries – but falls can happen anywhere, even at a “desk job.”

NSC data for 2014 includes falls from height and falls on the same level, by industry:

  1. Construction: 22,330 injuries, 359 deaths
  2. Manufacturing: 23,290 injuries, 49 deaths
  3. Wholesale trade: 14,360 injuries, 30 deaths
  4. Retail trade: 29,530 injuries, 34 deaths
  5. Transportation and Warehousing: 23,780 injuries, 43 deaths
  6. Professional and business services: 23,140 injuries, 94 deaths
  7. Education and health services: 51,150 injuries, 21 deaths
  8. Government: 69,530 injuries, 41 deaths     

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Falls are 100% Preventable

Whether working from a ladder, roof or scaffolding, it’s important to plan ahead, assess the risk and use the right        equipment. First, determine if working from a height is absolutely necessary or if there is another way to do the task safely.

  1. Discuss the task with coworkers and determine what safety equipment is needed
  2. Make sure you are properly trained on how to use the equipment
  3. Scan the work area for potential hazards before starting the job
  4. Make sure you have level ground to set up the equipment
  5. If working outside, check the weather forecast; never work in inclement weather
  6. Use the correct tool for the job, and use it as intended
  7. Ensure stepladders have a locking device to hold the front and back open
  8. Always keep two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on the ladder
  9. Place the ladder on a solid surface and never lean it against an unstable surface
  10. A straight or extension ladder should be 1 foot away from the surface it rests on for every 4 feet of height and extend at least 3 feet over the top edge
  11. Securely fasten straight and extension ladders to an upper support
  12. Wear slip-resistant shoes and don’t stand higher than the third rung from the top
  13. Don’t lean or reach while on a ladder, and have someone support the bottom
  14. Never use old or damaged equipment; check thoroughly before use

Also read: Stop Work Authority Program

Millions of people are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries every year.

A fall can end in death or disability in a split second,

but with a few simple precautions, you’ll be sure stay safe at at work

First it is published @https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/safety-topics/slips-trips-and-falls

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle -2019

Leaders play a significant role in safety performance. Leadership establishes the standards and values in an organization and has the power to enforce safety requirements.

Launched in 2006, the COS Safety Leader of the Year recognizes an individual who best exemplifies leadership and vision in the world of OHS in Canada. Co-workers, employees, bosses or anyone can submit a nomination for a deserving leader. Nominations for the 2020 award will open in March.

Related article: Become A Safety Leader

It’s possible no one does this better than Mike Doyle, who takes this concept to the next level by serving as the mayor of his small town in Newfoundland. Mike Doyle is the winner of the 2019 Safety Leader of the Year award, presented by Canadian Occupational Safety.

I presently serve as the Mayor and execute all responsibilities and accountability for my role and authority under the Municipal Act. I am leader to the community and the other 6 excellent council members that make up our local government.


Safety Leadership

Become A Safety Leader


Developing safety leaders in your business can mean the difference between marginal and world-class results. It long has been accepted that successful programs push the responsibility for safety down into the organization, utilizing the power of many to foster a safe work environment. In most cases, this requires line supervisors and all employees to take on additional responsibility in an already stretched workforce.

With additional responsibilities, supervisors and employees struggle to prioritize and complete safety tasks. Without the proper understanding of how and why it is important to become a safety leader, a gap in management expectations and employee perceptions develops.

If you want to develop successful safety leaders, consider the following:

  • Serve the customer;
  • Talk safety;
  • Walk safety;
  • Do safety.

Serve the Customer

Leadership begins at an early age. When we are children, we learn to follow as our parents set rules or correct misbehavior. As teenagers, we feel the influences of peer pressure and tend to follow others. In adulthood, we have to make decisions to follow others or lead them in a positive manner. Great leaders learn to serve their teammates and customers toward a common goal.

Talk Safety

Imagine you have been asked to address all employees at a group meeting and discuss how the team can improve the site’s safety record. You just were informed of the meeting 5 minutes ago and have no time to prepare. What do you say?

Safety leaders know they have to address employees all the time about safety and are prepared in advance. One way to make sure you have a consistent, positive message is to develop a one-liner and an elevator speech.

Walk Safety

In the winter time, many organizations work diligently to remove ice from walkways and entrances. Ice easily can be missed and can re-form quickly, exposing employees to slip-and-fall hazards. Recently, I reviewed a facility that had three slip-and-fall incidents on the same morning, in the same area. A bucket of salt was located near the entrance but no one took action to put the salt down. When asked why, the response was, “That’s not my job.”

Do Safety

Plan ahead and know how you are going to integrate safety into your daily routine. Maybe you set time a side every morning and start each meeting with safety or make a commitment to not turn a blind eye. Whatever your plan, you have to develop it now and find a way to integrate safety regularly into your daily routine. Keep it simple and start out slowly so it is an easy transition.

Team Effort

Safety is a team game that takes involvement from everyone. Developing employees into safety leaders and fostering an action-based safety culture while pushing responsibility for safety down into an organization creates a team-based approach that results in superior performance. This approach allows all employees to be players on the field and not just bench warmers.

Joe Tavenner CSP, CFPS, has years of experience, a bachelors and masters degree in Occupational Safety Management and an MBA in Management. For more information contact him at josephtavenner@yahoo.com.