In this month’s issue of Open Road (the NRMA magazine) was a letter to the editor explaining the danger of ‘safety features’ on modern cars. In this case two features were highlighted as dangerous (I could name a dozen others). The first feature in the letter was about the number of sensors and … [Read more...] about Dangerous ‘Safety Features’
Cameras, Concentration and a ‘Crock’ of Non-Safety
Latest article by Dr Robert Long with an interesting, everyday example of how some attempts to manage safety and achieve zero harm can be seriously detrimental. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s new book “RISK MAKES … [Read more...] about Cameras, Concentration and a ‘Crock’ of Non-Safety
Whose the Bloody Idiot?
I took this photo in Melbourne today (4 September 2013) as an example of the continuing strategy by TAC Victoria in their campaign for road safety and ask the question, who is the bloody idiot? With an abundance of research on the psychology of goals and the psychology of pitching, framing and … [Read more...] about Whose the Bloody Idiot?
Social Psychology of Risk Challenge
Social Psychology of Risk Challenge The last few days have seen unprecedented rain and flooding on Australia’s East Coast. Several people have lost their lives and many from attempting to drive through flood waters. The slogan “If Its Flooded, Forget It” rolls off the tongue news presenters and … [Read more...] about Social Psychology of Risk Challenge
Desperados waiting for a train
No one to follow and nothing to teach Except that the goal falls short of the reach Leonard Cohen – The Goal 1 Any research or discussions regarding transport disasters across Australia will inevitably recall the horrific but often forgotten bus crashes that occurred on the northern coast of News … [Read more...] about Desperados waiting for a train
The Perils of Excessive Safety Management Systems
In a recent case of unfair dismissal in the Fair Work Commission (FWC 5004:2019 under commissioner Williams Perth 24 July 2019) we learn how creating onerous bureaucracy creates its own demons. The case of Wilson vs Boart Longyear demonstrates how the creation of onerous safety management … [Read more...] about The Perils of Excessive Safety Management Systems
Implications of Fatigue and Distraction Monitoring Systems
Implications of Fatigue and Distraction Monitoring Systems Guest Post by Danny Fay As part of my Unit 6 studies for the Diploma in Social Psychology of Risk, I am undertaking the subject of Holistic Ergonomics. For my assignment in this unit, I have chosen to evaluate the introduction of Fatigue … [Read more...] about Implications of Fatigue and Distraction Monitoring Systems
White freight liner blues
White freight liner blues During the 1950s, the delivery of bread, cream and milk was categorised as an essential community service and legislation was enacted to secure supply. It has since ossified and effectively deregulated the supply chain. A recent report prepared by Pricewaterhouse Coopers … [Read more...] about White freight liner blues