What is a Safety Reset?

After four fatalities in a short period of time in the ACT in 2011 the regulator launched an inquiry into safety into the building and construction industry.  This resulted in the Getting Them Home Safely Report  in which I made a significant contribution (including diagnostics workshop at the safety summit) especially in the area of …

The Compliance Conundrum

  The challenge of compliance is also a challenge to critical thinking, this is one of the many paradoxes in risk and safety. When we comply or an organization seeks compliance this is all well and good only while things stay the same. When things change and adaptability is required to keep safe, then compliance …

In Coal Blood

In coal blood Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable Simone de Beauvoir 1 The Queensland parliament select committee report into the resurgence of black lung provides an anatomy of yet another disaster in Australia’s mining industry. During numerous public hearings harrowing statements from victims and their dependents left committee …

Too much Cash and no panache

Too much Cash and no panache by Bernard Corden Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees Jean-Paul Sartre On 30th December 1969, following the Farmington mining disaster and threat of a nationwide strike the incumbent US president eventually capitulated. Although Richard Nixon declined to meet many of the inconsolable widows …

Much ado about nothing? Section 44 of the WA Mines Safety & Inspection Act

Much ado about nothing? Section 44 of the WA Mines Safety & Inspection Act Article by Greg Smith first published HERE For a long time now I have been concerned about how section 44 of the Mines Safety & Inspection Act is marketed to the WA mining industry as an important part of supervisors’ obligations. …