Latest Book By Phil LaDuke – Available HERE
A person can attempt to apply all the things they learn in classes geared towards our profession, but will fall flat if they don’t communicate genuinely. Take Phil’s lead and be yourself, get safety messages across in your voice, clearly, and in multiple ways.
If you’re easily bristled, I’m warning you… set aside your ego, Phil comes for all of us! We can all benefit from the self reflection the book pushes you to do.”–Abby Ferrie, Global Business Professional and Author, American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)
“My friend and colleague Phil LaDuke has once again provided his audience with a manuscript that truly reminds me of my systems thinking mentor Dr. Russell Ackoff’s statement, “The righter we do the wrong thing, the wronger we become. When we make a [safety] mistake doing the wrong thing and correct it, we become wronger. When we make a [safety] mistake doing the right thing and correct it, we become righter. Therefore, it is better to do the right [safety] thing wrong than the wrong [safety] thing right.” Most, if not all, of our current safety problems, are the result of policymakers and managers doing the wrong safety thing right. Phil provides a plethora of examples of safety doing the “wrong safety thing right” and ways to make doing the “right safety thing wrong” and correcting it to become “righter.” Thanks again for your eccentric contribution to the safety conversation, my friend.”–Dr. James Leeman, President, The Leeman Group, Assistant Professor, Tulane University.
Controversy, critical thinking and comedy pepper Phil’s writing, and his latest book is no exception. ‘Blood in my Pockets is Blood on Your Hands’ is La Duke at his finest – he might not have a traditional approach, but since when did sticking to the status quo ever help us to progress? So, I dare you, since you’ve gotten this far and are obviously intrigued: read this book, challenge yourself, and you never know, maybe even challenge a few safety norms while you’re at it.–Kimberley de Selincourt, Editor In Chief Editor, Health and Safety International and Health and Safety Middle East Magazines (HSME) magazine.
“Before I got into safety, I was the worker with Blood In His Pocket. I would do anything to not be the person who ruined the pizza party. Phil La Duke dismantles that thought process in his book, Blood In My Pocket Is Blood on Your Hands. In true Phil La Duke fashion, he then takes the time to show what it takes to actually create a better approach to worker safety. His statement to, “remember when people are dying, you get no points for trying”, encourages the reader to continue reading to see how to prevent that mindset and actions. Chapter 8 on engagement is worth the price of the book alone, but there are so many more gems available that make it just a bonus. Begin being fully present, by getting this book for your library and putting the tips to use at your site today.”–Jason Lucas, Founding Member of The Safety Justice League
“Phil lends his one-of-a kind perspective and style to providing an actionable method toward true safety improvement. His advice can be put into practice as soon as it’s lifted from the page.. It goes without question that every safety professional needs this manual, but it would benefit anyone who truly desires to run a safe and successful operation”– Jason Maldonado, Author, Creator of RelentlessSafety.com, Co-Host of The SafetyJustice League Podcast.
From the Author
I wrote this book because after 100+ years of safety people are still getting killed while safety personnel still extoll their wonderful accomplishment. While this is written in the same acerbic, poison-penned style of my other works, in this book I offer practical, common-sense, approaches to the antecedents of safety–Competency, Process Capability, Hazard and Risk Management, Leadership, Accountability, and Empowerment. I see these elements as the backbone and the foundation, not just of worker safety, but of a well-run business.
From the Inside Flap
He’s at it again. Phil’s latest book “Blood in My Pocket is Blood on Your Hands” is a read that is beneficial to safety professionals young and old. When reading and while contemplating the message, many will not agree with his assessments and conclusions. As a “safety professional” for over 40 years, I must admit I do not agree with everything he has said or written. However, I do have to admire his fortitude to challenge the status quo.
Agree or disagree, he is good for our profession. After reading an article or book, one thing is constant. He has made me think and question. For this I am thankful.
Over the many years I have been in this business, trends, gimmicks, magic pills, “simple” solutions have been proposed, tried (yes, some worked for a short period) and while producing some results; we today still kill and injure and cause far too many illnesses in the workplace.
I must admit, I don’t have the answer. But every time I read one of Phil’s works, he makes me think. Critical thinking drives change and change can make us better. Better, not perfect.
Thanks to Phil who is the razor’s edge that cuts to our core and causes us to think, challenge and possibly change.
James “Skipper” Kendrick, CSP, CIT, FASP
Kendrick Global Enterprises, LLC