Safety Tells (sung to jingle bells) Dashing through the scrub On a scorcher Christmas Eve Slip, slap, slop the go Pulling down my sleeve Brim on hard hat wide Hi viz head to toe Sun protection aussie style Zinc cream on the nose, hey! Chorus: Safety tells, safety tells Safety tells each … [Read more...] about Xmas Safety Poem–Safety Tells
Continuing our series on Safety Myths – see them all here Dylan Thomas captures the criticality of facing death, in the throes of life, in his classic poem: ‘Do not go gentle in to that good night’. Sometimes when things cannot be stated by propositional definition they can only be spoken in … [Read more...] about Do Not Go Gently, SPoR and the Civility Myth
Amidst the constant uncertainty of life, there are no answers found in measurables. There is no assurance to uncertainty in Qanta (https://safetydifferently.com/todd-conklin-quanta-risk-and-safety-conference-2019/ )! Technique, mechanics, behaviourism and data offer nothing for persons when faced … [Read more...] about Solace In Times of Uncertainty
When it comes to risk and safety, method is critical. Brutalizing and dehumanizing people to get a safety outcome doesn’t work (https://www.humandymensions.com/product/it-works-a-new-approach-to-risk-and-safety/ ). The best way to ensure a humanizing outcome in safety is to move away from zero, … [Read more...] about Poetics of the Self
I Chose to Look The Other Way - When Only More Guilt Will Do The idea that I am my brother’s keeper (https://safetyrisk.net/safety-as-a-patriarchal-activity/) is a psychological attachment infused in the theology of safety. How interesting that safety is apparently a ‘choice I make’ yet the … [Read more...] about When Only More Guilt Will Do
Is Your Ethic of Risk Poetic? I define risk as ‘the faith and trust required to suspend uncertainty to act’. When we discuss Ethics and Risk we must reflect on our worldview and how we are disposed and oriented towards risk. This is how we make sense of risk … [Read more...] about Is Your Ethic of Risk Poetic?
Does Safety Have A Soul? In Chapter 1 of my latest book Envisioning Risk, Seeing, Vision and Meaning in Risk , I discuss the linguistics of ‘soul’ in art, music and movies. In the top 500 songs of all time we find endless reference to spirit, transcendence, Afterlife, soul and the … [Read more...] about Does Safety Have A Soul?
X to Zero and Zero to X People often ask me what I think is the opposite of zero expecting me to say ‘infinity’ but of course zero and infinity are the same thing. Whilst the quest for opposites is fascinating, the reality of where we find our living and being is in the in-between, in the … [Read more...] about X to Zero and Zero to X
Guest Poem by Sergeant Safety Standing to attention, only receiving disdain, Telling, Yelling, Commanding, this is not a game. Feeble excuses to my ears, lame, Those that don’t obey must desire pain. Salute me and my presumed rank, A status validated by the bank, It’s my duty to … [Read more...] about Sergeant Safety