Deepwater Horizon and The Suppression of Risky Conversations

Deepwater Horizon and The Suppression of Risky Conversations The release on October 6 of the movie Deepwater Horizon (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1860357/ ) brings to the surface some of the discourse that dominates the risk and safety industry. Whilst the movie focuses on the heroics and heartache typical of a Hollywood Disaster movie, it nonetheless highlights some critical …

There is Another Ethic than Zero Accidents

Editors note: In a comment in the article “The Worm at The Core” a reader directed me to an article by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in which they decree that “Accidents are not approved or permitted”  - That statement really did something to me so this article by Dr Rob Long was very …

The Worm at the Core

The Worm at the Core The history of evolution and biology tell us that humans are born with countless systems of self-preservation. However, the Bradley Curve version of safety tells us we are born with the drive for self annihilation. Apparently our 'natural instincts' are to self harm. Strange, this is contradicted by the history …

Safety and the Spin of Disruption

“There are no trends in safety at present that give any inkling that disruption is even a possibility. The Regulation, Act, systems and standards are certainly not shrinking nor changing.” Just Because You Speak it, Doesn’t Make It So Safety and the Spin of ‘Disruption’. One of the benefits of living in Canberra is keeping …

The Last Stick Wasn’t Big Enough

The Last Stick Wasn’t Big Enough Article by Rob Long in response to a recent newspaper article about the need for more vigilance and compliance!!!! We hear a great deal in the safety industry about compliance and coercion but so little about creative solutions with a sense of imagination. Every time there is another event …