The Compliance Conundrum

  The challenge of compliance is also a challenge to critical thinking, this is one of the many paradoxes in risk and safety. When we comply or an organization seeks compliance this is all well and good only while things stay the same. When things change and adaptability is required to keep safe, then compliance …

When Things Go Wrong Let’s Do More of the Same

  I always find it fascinating when there is an increase in safety statistics or incidents that the call is always about greater vigilance, more checklists, more policing and more effort. What an amazing industry that still doesn’t know why things go wrong. Rather than question the fundamental flaws in safety ideology or safety orthodoxy …

A Fountainhead of Safety? – The Australian Institute of Heinrich and Skinner

History never says goodbye - It really means see you later Eduardo Galeano A Karl Marx essay, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon is the source of a renowned quote from many historians…….History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. It reflects and aligns with Hegel’s philosophy regarding the apparent reincarnation of tragic global …

A patronising disposition of unaccountable power

A patronising disposition of unaccountable power An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern Tony Benn 1 In November 2017, the former executive director of SafeWork South Australia, Marie Boland was appointed by Safe Work Australia to review the model work health and safety laws. The subsequent report was released in February 2019 …

Safety only for the Rich and Powerful

Safety only for the Rich and Powerful We see today that safety is only for the strong, wealthy and powerful (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-25/victorian-junkyard-woman-sentenced-to-jail-over-death/10746110?pfmredir=sm). If you run a small business and can’t afford safety or lack competence in safety, or are isolated in the bush, watch out – you’re off to gaol. If you are a mega corporation, …