Oh no! Safety has been Here!
There’s nothing quite like that sinking feeling when you are inadvertently assaulted by the crusade of Safety. Just when you thought you were free to learn, discover, play and relax, you get confronted yet again by the Safety monster. It seems Safety lurks in every corner of our existence now, ‘telling’ us that risk doesn’t make sense, when it does (https://www.humandymensions.com/product/risk-makes-sense/). When zero is your governing ideology then petty risk becomes your saviour.
I was at a play-ground yesterday with my grandson and having great fun in play, discovering what our bodies could do on: equipment, ladders, slides, drops, sand, diggers, intentional hazards and water equipment. All the things banned on a building site and lurking around a corner at the back end of a structure was this sign:
Really? You couldn’t make this s&*t up.
For a start, the equipment for play is mostly used by kids who can’t read. Parents sit far away and have a coffee whilst their children play, That’s the general idea of a play-ground. A place where children have fun, discover what they can do and not do, explore, experiment, have adventure and learn. Oh no, not for Safety. Safety has to come in and tell you what Australian standard has been breeched in the structure of the equipment! Astounding, and insanity.
Whilst all the children under 5 years of age played and enjoyed themselves having fun, I was glad none of them could see or read this sign that serves absolutely no purpose except appeasing the safety crusader who put it there. This is the ultimate in semiotic safety stupidity.
Play is essential to all learning (https://safetyrisk.net/the-primacy-of-play-in-learning/). Only the global cult of zero doesn’t want any play (https://safetyrisk.net/believe-the-impossible-and-speak-nonsense-to-people/). The only way anyone can achieve zero is to enforce no risk or to ensure that fallible people are not involved in anything.
One of the prime purposes of a play-ground is for children to discover, imagine and explore in curiosity (https://safetyrisk.net/the-imagination-and-curiosity-in-risk/). To do things they have not done before and learn about their bodies and what they can do. Oh no, watch out if Safety pays a visit. We’ll have none of that stuff around here.
So, after viewing that sign I decided to audit all the things that Safety had ignored. You see, this is thee way of Safety, the zero cult creates selective safety not safety. Here a few glaring omissions:
· One of my favourites was an area where rocks had been placed on a declines in a zig zag pattern on the surface so that kids could walk and run between the rocks and weave around the pattern. Hmmm, no warning of slippery surface.
· Ah, there was the rope ladder that went straight up that had no guard protection and could easily fall, no heights warning.
· The sand pit with metal diggers and swinging arms and no warning of moving activity or collisions.
· The wide slide with no secure climb to get to the top and no warning about uncontrolled decent.
· The swings not guarded including the standing swing, scary stuff
· The merry-go-round, a great place for collisions and falls.
· Mallets on music towers to hit others
· Water pumps and slippery surfaces
· And much more.
No, No, No, no other sign existed in the play-ground except this one illustrated on the back of a wooden structure and more so, ‘telling’ the Australian Standard. No wonder people think safety is a cultic backwater and unprofessional when you witness the insanity of Safety.
When you make your ideology zero, the insanity starts.