Meet the Founder (Part 2)

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Meet the Founder (Part 2)

This week, Apolonia shared her thoughts on company culture and how it played a roll in the development of True Safety. We discussed the importance of having a healthy internal company culture and the benefits it can have on the customers. 

Listen to the entire episode on Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay, and Stitcher.

You can also find the entire episode on our Youtube Channel.

Meet the Founder (Part 1)

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Meet the Founder (Part 1)

This week we finally get to hear how True Safety got started. We had the privilege of listening to Apolonia Rockwell share her story about how she got her start in the Oil and Gas Industry and how she put together what is now True Safety Services.

Listen to the entire episode on Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay, and Stitcher.

You can also find the entire episode on our Youtube Channel.

How to Lead VS Manage Your Team

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How to Lead VS Manage Your Team

This week we had the privilege of having Chris Patterson on the show. He shared his thoughts on topics like team safety culture, connecting with employees, and leadership practices that go above and beyond. 

Listen to the entire episode on Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay, and Stitcher.

You can also watch the entire episode on our Youtube Channel.

The People Business

The People Business

This episode features our latest guest speaker, Keith Martin, from 1888 Industrial Services. During our time with Keith, we discussed the importance of caring for employees and what it means to be in the "people business". Tune in to hear Keith's perspective on business culture and how important it is to prioritize people's well-being.

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Snake Safety Tips

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Summer is here and the weather is getting hot! I’m not sure about you, but I love the warm weather, and I’m not the only one. Snakes love coming to the surface and curling up in warm places! Working in the field, snakes can become a huge safety hazard. Let’s take a look at some of the best practices and facts.

Snakes and Your Surroundings

Snakes love laying in the heat, but need to cool off eventually. They love hiding under objects and finding some shade. Before starting work, check your entire work area for hidden creatures and make sure to continue checking throughout your entire shift.

Pay extra attention to materials on pallets, this is one place where our slithery friends like to hide. Also remember to check when opening any doors and walking into equipment.

In Case of Emergency

If an individual does get bit, everyone’s first instinct is to look for a snake bite kit, however, it is highly debated on whether or not snake bite kits actually work. The best case scenario is flight for life because they will almost always carry anti-venom with them. Therefore, always document your coordinates upon arrival to the location so you can easily tell flight for life where they can find you.

If flight for life is not a viable option, then getting the injured person to the closest medical center will be your next best bet. Locally here in the DJ Basin, the hospitals that have anti-venom on hand include:

  • Poudre Valley (Fort Collins)

  • Northern Colorado Medical Center (Greeley)

  • Denver General

When bitten, the sense of emergency an individual may feel can increase their heart beat which, in turn, makes the venom spread faster throughout their body. So make sure the injured stays as calm as they can. In the same sense, transporting the bitten person should be avoided if possible because the vibration in the roads and heightened feel of urgency may raise their heart rate as well.

The bitten individual needs to seek medical attention within 2 hours of the bite.

Facts that might save your life, or at least a finger...

There are about 30 species of snakes native to Colorado, however, only 3 of them are venomous: the prairie, Western, and massasauga rattlesnakes. While only these 3 are venomous, all of the other snakes do still have teeth and know how to use them. So it is best to avoid the urge to touch, disturb, and play with them when possible.

While baby snakes may look less harmful, they cannot control the use of their venom. This gives them the potential to be more dangerous, not knowing how much venom they are putting into your body.

Lastly, the average striking distance of a snake is twice its length. For instance, a coach whip snake can grow up to 70 inches in length (almost 6 feet). That means even if you are standing 12 feet away from them, they could still potentially reach you. Safe practices suggest standing AT LEAST 5 extra feet away from the snake at all times.




Snakes are a natural hazard that doesn’t come to mind until we are literally face to face with it. Just remember, always know and communicate the best plan of action if anyone is ever bit or confronted by a snake while working. Also, know the closest medical facilities, and, if you’re not sure, call ahead of time to confirm they have anti-venom on hand.

What other suggestions do you have for snake safety?

Have you ever been confronted by a snake? What did you do?

Comment Below!


3 Characteristics of an Admirable Safety Leader


In our last blog, 5 Steps to Building a Safety Culture, we focused on what elements are needed to build a lasting and effective safety culture within a company. It was suggested that the elements of culture tend to have a trickle-down effect, meaning that employees tend to follow their supervisor’s actions.

Therefore, it is important that a supervisor carries themselves as a true safety leader. After looking into our resources at True Safety, we have compiled what we believe to be the 3 most important characteristics that make up a truly admirable safety leader:

1.      Willingness to Work

2.      Communication

3.      Sincerity

1. Willingness to Work

…when it comes to safety, there are no titles.

The first main characteristic of focus is the leader’s willingness to work. Not only does a great safety leader know the value of a good work ethic, but they also share the view that they are not above other employees. No matter what title a leader is given, they are willing to do any task within the company to help the group succeed as a whole. These individuals realize that when it comes to safety, there are no titles. Instead, there is just one unified mission: to make it home safely.

2. Communication

A great safety leader knows how to communicate effectively among different types of people. Taking the personalities of different employees into account is extremely important. Using this information to gauge how the leader communicates with their group can make a huge difference in how the information is received.

3. Sincerity

…these leaders are making an investment in their employees…

Admirable safety leaders are sincere safety leaders. They have a nice and considerate way about them that makes them easy to respect and get along with. These leaders truthfully care about the people they work with. Their goal is not only to ensure all of their employees get home safely day after day, but also to constantly be sharing their knowledge to help their employees grow into impressive safety leaders themselves. In doing so, these leaders are making an investment in their employees in order to not only help them succeed, but to also help the group and company as a whole flourish.

Becoming a successful safety leader is hard work and takes practice. They have to be willing to work hard, able to communicate effectively, and show their sincerity through the knowledge they share.


 Which characteristics on our list would you agree with? Which would you change or add?


We would love to hear your opinions! Comment below!

5 Steps to Building a Safety Culture

Creating a culture within companies is growing in importance to all industries. Safety culture is no different.

Merriam-Webster defines culture as, “the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization.”  

When it comes to creating a successful safety culture, confirming that each of these components just stated are present is extremely important.


Here are the top 5 tips on how to get each of these components into your company and create a successful safety culture:

1.       Build Trust

2.       Provide Training

3.       Provide Communication Channels

4.       Lead by Example

5.       Celebrate Successes


Now let’s break each step down individually.


1.    Build Trust

Step one to developing any relationship is to build trust between the parties. Employees should feel that they can go to their supervisor if an incident occurs or if they see something that may be a safety hazard. Encouraging them to inform a supervisor in either of these cases is a vital part of having a successful safety culture. For instance, if the employees do not feel comfortable reporting a near miss, this mishap may be repeated in the future and turn into a more serious occurrence later on.


2.    Provide Training

" teams are dedicated to continuous learning."

Training provides employees with safety tools and resources. These resources are just as important as any of the other tools used to complete a job. They enable employees to correctly identify a potential safety hazard and know what the next step in preventing further danger is. When training is lacking from a company, it is more likely problems will arise. Remember, world-class teams are dedicated to continuous learning.


3.    Provide Communication Channels

It is important that employees know how to report a safety issue and that it will be addressed appropriately. Make sure the channels of communication for reporting a problem is completely clear to employees; they should know exactly who they are to inform about a concern. After the concern is expressed, the employee should feel confident that it will be handled in a positive and complete manner, making sure to investigate the entire issue.

Making the workplace an open area for sharing ideas about safety should also be practiced.


4.    Lead by Example

“The elements of culture tend to have a trickle-down effect.”

Culture is something that engulfs the totality of a company and, therefore, is a commitment that should be taken on by the entire team. The elements of culture tend to have a trickle-down effect. This means that employees will gauge their goals and how they handle situations at work on how their supervisors do. If an employee’s supervisor fails to correct a reported hazard, it is likely that the employee will not be concerned with reporting hazards anymore because no action is taken to resolve the issue. Creating a true and complete safety culture means going beyond the programs and policies with meaningful actions.


5.    Celebrate Successes

Keeping safety at the forefront of goals set for a company is extremely important. As previously stated, it takes an entire company to successfully attain these goals. Therefore, when these objectives are reached, it is important to celebrate the company and all of the employees within it. Acknowledging what the company has done and setting higher sites for the future can help to ensure that the company will continue succeeding and gaining triumphs that previously seemed difficult to obtain.


These 5 steps are simple, but necessary to gaining a complete and true safety culture within a company. Following them will ensure all of the correct elements are in place for letting a company go beyond their goals and keeping their employees safe.


What techniques are you using to create a safety culture within your company? Comment below!