Dirty, Dumb Safety and Risk Homeostasis

Great Video by “Dirty Jobs” host, Mike Rowe.

safety firstMike explains how he discovered the effects of Risk Homeostasis (he calls it Risk Compensation) after, by season 3 of his show, the Safety 1st mantra had stopped his crew from thinking and to start having serious accidents:

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3 Replies to “Dirty, Dumb Safety and Risk Homeostasis”

  1. The only problem with the video is this guy keeps regurgitating the nonsense of ‘professionals’. So many use the word professional when it is not. If it was professional then thinking would be a priority; not the nonsense of being an unthinking sausage.

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