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Speaking a New Language in Safety Dekker wisely recommends that Safety needs a new language (and discourse) for understanding and acting safety (Drift into Failure, pp. 15, 49, 53, 58, 123). He rightly asserts that the language (and grammar) of reductionist (seeking simple binary answers) thinking doesn’t serve the needs of safety very well, driving […]
The Sacred Bra Tree “When we begin to understand the significance of Bra Trees and roadside memorials then we might learn something about culture and why zero is such a dangerous sacrament” It’s not likely that you have ever seen a ‘Bra Tree’, a rare species of Australian eucalyptus in the Murray/Mallee about 40 kms […]
Electronic Risk Score Calculator I was given this risk assessment tool over 10 years ago. I thought it was totally awesome and it was one of the first things I published on this blog over six years ago (even before all the safety slogans and safety fail photos!) It was high tech in it’s day […]
Canberra And WA Construction Workers Protest Over Unsafe Working Conditions Guest Post It appears that despite changes in the law and construction safety training programs, the construction industry in Australia continues to be a dangerous profession, as protesting workers and their family members are stepping up to point out. In Canberra, 600 construction workers joined […]
It Takes Two to Tango – Reflections on Safe Behaviour It is rare that a book comes out in the risk and safety sector when I wish I had written under such an excellent title. Usually, risk and safety books carry titles about error, compliance and management but not this book by Michael Kruger. Kruger […]
Blind Faith in Safety If you are a child of the 1970s you will know of one of the greatest bands of all time – Blind Faith. One of the first ‘super groups’ comprised of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. Blind Faith formed in 1968 from the break up of the […]