When you are surrounded by Safety methodology it’s sometimes hard to believe that 2020 is almost upon us. A well intentioned “safety professional”, from a multinational building materials company, just proudly posted this image on Linkedin. Despite what the sign says, only lost time injuries make … [Read more...] about Haters gonna hate…….
‘Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life’. Genesis 3:17 How Safety defines hurt or harm is a huge issue for the industry. The monster of injury statistics now defined as safety has created a circus of linguistic … [Read more...] about Tackling the Reality of Harm
We were recently asked if we could post this research survey, I hope you can all Take 5 to help them out Request: I have been following your website for a number of years. I am seasoned safety professional currently on my last stage of a masters degree. As part of my degree I am undertaking a … [Read more...] about Take 5 Research Survey
The Curse of Dataism Beard writes: ‘The scions of Silicon Valley have introduced our world to a new religion of ‘Dataism’. In its extreme form proponents of the Dataist worldview perceive the entire universe as a flow of data, see organisms as little more than biochemical algorithms, and believe … [Read more...] about The Curse of Dataism
It’s alright ma I’m only bleeding A healthy loyalty is not passive and complacent but active and critical Harold Laski 1 The 21st October 2016 commemorated half a century since the Aberfan disaster in South Wales, United Kingdom which resulted in the deaths of 116 school children and 28 adults … [Read more...] about It’s alright ma I’m only bleeding
Safety in Numbers With all the talk about safety and zero we would have to wonder how ZERO will ever be achieved. Recently there was a job that had about 30 first aid cases. (These ranged from a minor scratch to a sprained wrist.) What the company decided was that there had not been enough hazards … [Read more...] about Safety in Numbers
Target Trade-Offs and Numeric Goals We learn recently that Victorian Police – a supposed institution of trust, has fabricated numbers over the past 5 years in order to meet targets. It is reported today that Victoria Police have fabricated 258,000 breath tests in order to meet targets. How is this … [Read more...] about Target Trade-Offs and Numeric Goals
The Tyranny of Metrics This is the title of a very easy to read book on the obsession of metrics by Jerry Z. Muller. It should be mandatory reading for anyone in the safety industry. 'The challenges of ‘tick and flick’ in the culture of safety is endemic. We know from the research by Herbert Simon … [Read more...] about The Tyranny of Metrics
By What Method? One of the strange beliefs of Safety is that the publication of injury statistics invokes change? Ah, how does it do that? Since when did information become motivation? When one looks at the many promises made in the safety industry and all the propaganda about zero, injury … [Read more...] about By What Method?
I am a Spreadsheet King I have had numerous conversations with safety people this week who lament the amount of time they have to spend doing spreadsheets reporting on everything from injury rates, TRIFR, near miss etc. One a GM of a tier 1 organisation tells me he hasn’t had time to walk the floor … [Read more...] about I am a Spreadsheet King