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Distracted Driving - Mitigating the Most Likely Halloween Risk

October 31st, 2013 · Comments

Today at work, employees and leaders alike will work hard to control risk exposure on the job. Hazard identification training will take place, new risks will be identified and barriers to safety excellence removed. The vast majority of these same individuals will leave at the end of their day to return home to go trick-or-treating with family members, or stay home to hand out candy. We are increasing our ability to identify hazards and control risks on the job, how well are we doing with Halloween?

My earliest memories of the joys of Halloween are also coupled with the horror stories of apples with needles in them, pixie sticks with PCP (Phencyclidine) or cyanide, child predators, and blades in lollipops. Many of these were myths, but there were truths as well. In 1964, a woman in Long Island, New York, frustrated with the increasing age of trick-or treaters, handed out items containing steel wool, dog biscuits and ant buttons. Thankfully she was prosecuted. In Detroit the same year, lye-filled gum made the news, along with rat-poison as treats in Philadelphia.

Today these stories persist and a new risk has emerged as the top danger of Halloween, distracted driving. According to the article, “Halloween is ‘Deadliest Day’ Of The Year For Pedestrian Fatalities” (http://www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/halloween_deadliest_day.aspx) some concerning details were revealed based on an analysis of more than four million records in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) from 1990 – 2010 for children 0-18 years of age on October 31.

  • “Halloween Was Deadliest Day of the Year for Child Pedestrian Accidents
  • Nearly one-fourth of accidents occurred from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Over 60% of the accidents occurred in the 4-hour period from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.”
  • Over 70% of the accidents occurred away from an intersection or crosswalk.
  • Most of the fatalities occurred with children ages 12-15 (32% of all child fatalities), followed by children ages 5-8 (23%).
  • Young drivers ages 15-25 accounted for nearly one-third of all fatal accidents involving child pedestrians on Halloween.”


Several sources recommend the following tips to help keep children safe this Halloween from the most likely risk:

  1. If wearing a mask, make sure it doesn’t limit vision
  2. Wear bright enough clothing or reflective items and carry a flashlight – and turn it on!
  3. Make sure clothing or costume accessories do not limit mobility
  4. Cross at crosswalks and intersections, not in the middle of the street
  5. Trick-or-Treat in larger groups to increase visibility
  6. If you need to drive, take a cab if consuming alcoholic beverages or are tired
  7. Do not operate a phone while driving (Teen age drivers more prone to distracted driving)


During this work day, please take time to discuss this risk and prevention options. Share these facts and tips with your work colleagues and most importantly, your family. Francis Bacon once said, “Knowledge is power.” Give the power to those you care about, to help them mitigate the most likely risk they will encounter this Halloween, distracted driving.

- Shawn M. Galloway

Shawn M. Galloway is the President of ProAct Safety and the coauthor of two books, his latest published Feb 2013 by Wiley is STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence. As an internationally recognized safety excellence expert, he has helped hundreds of organizations within every major industry to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture.  He has been listed in this year’s National Safety Council Top 40 Rising Stars, EHS Today Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS and ISHN Magazine’s POWER 101 – Leaders of the EHS World and again in the recent, elite list of Up and Coming Thought Leaders. In addition to the books, Shawn has authored over 300 podcasts, 100 articles and 80 videos on the subject of safety excellence in culture and performance.


Tags: Special Topics · Home Safety · Articles · Accident Causation · Blog Posts

302 - LIVE Our Own Health and Safety Advice

August 12th, 2013 · Comments

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Indianapolis, Indiana. I’d like to share an article I wrote, published May 2013 in Occupational Health & Safety Magazine.  It was titled, LIVE Our Own Health and Safety Advice.  The published article can either be found on the magazine’s website or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit www.ProActSafety.com/Store. For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence - http://proactsafety.com/insights/steps-to-safety-culture-excellence

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway ProAct Safety, Inc

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Tags: Performance Management · Home Safety · Change Management · Articles · Off The Job Safety

235 - Safety Beyond The Workplace - Culture Shock with Shawn M. Galloway

April 30th, 2012 · Comments

Greetings all! How can you help employees see how safety improves their life outside of work? Do they make the connection? If not, now is the time before it is too late. For the video podcast this month, I'm sharing an important message to challenge you to make sure safety ideas transfer outside of the job site. You can either watch the video here at www.SafetyCultureExcellence.com, at www.ProActSafety.com/Insights, or directly on the magazine’s site at: http://cos-mag.com or you can watch it below from YouTube:

I hope you enjoy and have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety, Inc.

Tags: Safety Management · Employee Involvement · Home Safety · Videos · Off The Job Safety · Leading Safety

213 – Shawn Galloway’s Theory of Internalization of Focus

December 26th, 2011 · Comments

Greetings all! For the video podcast this month, I'd like to share with you one of my models that explains my theory on how we can help people internalize a needed focus in safety. If we want people to be safe, this means risk-free. For this to happen, safety strategies need to be portable and facilitate internalization. I hope you will use these steps to help the people you are supporting in safety. You can either watch the video here at www.SafetyCultureExcellence.com, or you can watch it below from YouTube.

I hope you enjoy and have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety, Inc.

Tags: Behavior Based Safety · Safety Management · Employee Involvement · Organizational Safety Culture · Performance Management · Home Safety · Change Management · Lean Behavior-Based Safety · Videos · Off The Job Safety · Leading Safety · Behaviour-Based Safety

192 - Passionately Proactive: A Pleading Call To Action

August 1st, 2011 · Comments

Greetings, this podcast recorded while working in Toronto, Canada. This week I’d like to share an article I wrote that was published in June 2011 by Canadian Occupational Safety. It was titled, “Passionately Proactive: A Pleading Call To Action?” The article can either be found by visiting the magazine’s website at www.COS-MAG.com or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

We have received requests for older podcasts that are no longer available for download on this website. We are looking into why these old podcasts are not able to be accessed. It appears the application expires some of these once they reach a certain age. Even podcasts can have an age complex!

Soon to address this, we will start making some of these older podcasts available through a small purchase that can cover our costs to provide them on a CD or memory stick and ship to your location.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety, Inc

Tags: Safety Management · Organizational Safety Culture · Home Safety · Articles · Off The Job Safety

175 - Why We Fail to See Risk

April 3rd, 2011 · Comments

Greetings, this podcast recorded while working in New Iberia, LA. For the topic this week I’d like to share an article I wrote that published in the January 2011 edition of EHS Today. It was titled “Why We Fail to See Risk” The published article can be found at www.EHSToday.com or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety, Inc

Tags: Safety Management · Safety Training · Home Safety · Change Management · Articles · Off The Job Safety

166 – 3 Crucial Precautions to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

January 31st, 2011 · Comments

Greetings, this podcast recorded while working in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For the podcast this week I’d like to share an article I wrote titled “3 Crucial Precautions to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls”. It was published 12 October 2010 by Canadian Occupational Safety. The published article can either be found at http://www.cos-mag.com or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety, Inc

Tags: Behavior Based Safety · Home Safety · Articles · Off The Job Safety · Behaviour-Based Safety