Latest Breakthrough In Safety Communication and Learning

Latest Breakthrough In Safety Communication and Learning

By Barry Spud

safety legoSafety has finally realised that it needs to be taken seriously and therefore must stop dumbing down the workforce with silly slogans, perfectionist goals and childish, condescending videos. This fun, innovative video “Struck By Mobile Equipment” from WorkSafeBC and recommended by Workcover NSW marks the start of a new era for safety. It is sure to get millions of hits on YouTube and I’m sure the workers will be able to immediately identify with and relate to the lego men. This will result in zero mobile plant incidents – ENJOY (and stop sniggering in the back row, this is serious and there will be a quiz at the end!):

I am shocked by some of the recent comments on Facebook about this awesome cute safety video, these people obviously don’t know anything about safety:

  • “Wow! Let’s take humans out of safety, how dumb! I use the Lego man as a metaphor for reductionism and dehumanization. The whole is just a sum of the parts, a cog in the machine.”
  • “what’d ya learn at work today Dad?” – Ummm Ahhhhhh
  • “Will that mean the safety spuds are now going to make me write a SWMS every time before I play lego with my son?”
  • “It’s funny but kids play at running toy cars and trucks into stuff and even running over dolls and other “people” toys – why would this teach them anything? And what adult looking at it would not see it for the silliness it is. I wonder how much money is wasted on this stuff?”
  • “This has to be the worst safety video I have ever seen”
  • “Did I see the hand of God in there?”

Watch The Video:


More Dumb Safety Videos:

Safety Gets Even Dumber

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HAZARDMAN Won’t Save You

hazardmanHazard Man Won’t Save You Article by Dr Rob Long about a new comic based safety campaign about to be launched in Schools. The reaction from my two teenage boys: “Huh? – that’s just stupid!” and “Geez, Nooo!” Watch the video below and you will see what I mean! Quote: It is amazing that the Regulator can


Dumb Ways To Die and A Strange Sense of Success

Dumb ways to dieIs using humour in safety a method to handle and think about things we are uncomfortable with or does using humour simply help us ignore the real issues?. Dumb Ways To Die – A Strange Sense of Success Article by Rob Long from will definitely make you rethink your initial thoughts about this ……

Barry Spud

Barry Spud

Safety Crusader, Zero Harm Zealot, Compliance Controller and Global Pandemic Expert at Everything Safety
Barry Spud
What is a Safety Spud? Lets look at a few more spud head activities in risk and safety: 1. Coming on to site saying there is a safety issue when in fact there’s no such thing, it’s a political issue. 2. ‘Falling apart’ when people make choices that we think are stupid because they won’t do as we ‘tell’ them. Then we put on the angry face and think that overpowering others creates ownership. 3. Putting on the zero harm face, presenting statistics, knowing it has nothing to do with culture, risk or safety. 4. Putting on the superman (hazardman) suit and pretending to be the saviour of everything, this is good spud head cynic stuff. 5. Thinking that everyone else is a spud head except me. 6. Thinking there’s such a thing as ‘common’ sense and using such mythology to blame and label others. 7. Accepting safety policies and processes that dehumanize others. 8. Blaming, ego-seeking, grandstanding and territory protecting behind the mask of safety. 9. Thinking that risk and safety is simple when in fact it is a wicked problem. Denying complexity and putting your spud head in the sand. 10. Continually repeating the nonsense language and discourse of risk aversion that misdirect people about risk, safety, learning and imagination.

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