Michael Lammey considered himself an expert in workplace safety. As a Navy sailor he had logged countless hours in safety training and as a contractor was well versed with OSHA procedures.
But in December of 2006, Michael Lammey was critically injured in a deadly boiler explosion while onboard the USS Frank Cable. The 720° steam blast caused third-degree burns over half his body, along with inhalation injuries. His recovery required 56 skin graphs and several reconstructive surgeries over 11 years. But he considers himself lucky to be alive; the accident took the lives of two other crew members and injured six more.
Looking back, that fateful event in 2006 should not have happened. All measures were in place. All safety protocols were followed. So what was the cause? Complacency created by a false sense of security.
Michael’s mission is to be a testament to how safety needs to be a matter of personal responsibility. Even though there are thousands of safety measures in place to ensure the safety of your crew, ultimately they are the first line of defense in preventing accidents. In high risk environments it’s way too easy to become desensitized to the danger we face because it becomes normalized and a routine part of the job. When danger becomes a routine—accidents happen. Instead, we need to take an active role in our commitment to safety.
Because safety is more than a goal. It’s a habit.