George’s mentor, throughout most of his career, was Geoff McDonald whom he mentions and credits in many of his articles. George prepared “Geoff McDonald Important Concepts” a few weeks before his death as a joint effort with Geoff, who then completed it as George would have liked to publish it.
I am confident that George would be delighted to share these important Concepts of Safety with as many people as possible, especially the hundreds who paid him tribute.
George mentions in the paper that Geoff McDonald is writing his book (epitaph) about safety that will be ground breaking. The title of Geoff’s book is: INFORMATION ORGANISERS – “SAFE FROM”. I don’t think the book was ever published as Geoff passed away in July 2016 (https://safetyrisk.net/vale-geoff-mcdonald/ )
Thanks to Cip Corva for encouraging Geoff to complete and publish this incredible piece of work and for passing it onto me.
DOWNLOAD THE SHORT PAPER HERE: IN HONOUR OF GEORGE ROBOTHAM
“IN HONOUR OF GEORGE ROBOTHAM”
I gather a considerable number of you have followed George Robotham’s writings and came to appreciate his writings and the person George.
George was in an assistant safety role at a Central Queensland Coal Mine when we first met in the second half of the 1970s. He soon moved to a lead safety role at a related UTAH mine as Safety Advisor. The Mine Manager subsequently told me George was the best Safety Advisor he had seen.
George would have attended at least two of the three day Accident Data Collection courses I ran for UTAH and we worked together on a number of projects. If my memory serves me correctly, he was in the second intake of students at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education. (I lectured the first two intakes in the Post Graduate Course.)
George kept in contact regularly and became increasingly frustrated that his employers did not wish to move in the direction George wanted, but required him to stick with their essentially ‘traditional’ safety programmes.
He also became increasingly impatient with me for not having published at least one book – a view I share. (I have presented over 100 papers between 1974 and 2009.)
To relieve his frustrations and to urge me on, George prepared ‘Geoff McDonald Important Concepts’ a few weeks before his death. Our schedules did not enable us to get together and work through the document.
As a tribute to George and to honour George, I have worked through the document to make it somewhere near what George and I would have agreed on.
Following, to the best of my ability, is what George wanted to give you.