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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

100% - What’s On Your Sign?

The Mortenson sign.
What are YOUR 100% rules when it comes to safety?
I was intrigued by the sign at the Mortenson Construction site near our office. I was aware of the effectiveness of the Mortenson “Zero Injuries” Safety Program—and of their stretch and bend warm-ups that their workers must do twice a day. But I had not seen the 100% sign before.  

Seeing the sign got me asking: “What are the 100% safety rules for our EMS, fire, and police responders?” What has to be in place on every shift, on every run, or on every call? No exceptions—these are rules, and not guidelines. These rules are so firm that a coworker will call out another coworker if they are in violation.

Last Thursday night, I showed a photo of the sign to a group of firefighters gathered in Esko for training. They thought for a moment and came up with a few fire department-specific ideas. It also promoted discussion.

Your ideas?

What would this sign look like if it was hanging in your station? We would like to hear your 100% ideas. Please forward your thoughts, and we will compile a list of the responses. Send your 100% ideas to or (651) 281-1238.


                                             Responder Safety = Public Safety

Up next…The Collaboration in Cloquet.

In the meantime, stay safe and be careful.


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