Safety at Risk
Safety as it stands and how it is known (as a brutal embuggerance) is impossible to defend. When your global mantra is the insane ideology of zero, you are set up for a hiding to nothing. In the face of fallibility, it is impossible to defend zero. Yet, the global industry busts its boiler trying to defend the impossible. What an amazing amount of energy for nothing.
Of course, those ‘inside the fold’ understand their zero view of safety to be at risk. Such is the nature of the binary nature of zero, it creates enemies and insiders, extremists and critics, political allies and enemies. Trust Safety to chose such a semiotic to divide itself. Anywhere you find the delusional ideology of zero, you will find division and factionalism. Such is the nature of that dumb binary question anchored to injury rates, ‘how many people do you want to harm today?’
Yes, make sure you book your seat for Safety Congress May 2021 in Spain, (http://visionzero.global/vision-zero-safety-future-congress) Zero Vision spectacular. Advertised as a ‘progressive event’ there can be nothing visionary or progressive about zero. When you frame your worldview by a number in denial of fallibility you are on a hiding to nothing. Advertised as ‘progressive thinking’ it is regressive thinking. The semiotic of zero is anathema to any critical thinking. Such is this dogma of perfection, the foundation for many a mental health condition (https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/62642699.pdf ).
And of course the AIHS, NIOSH, ASSP and NSCA will be there with bells on.
I can’t wait for the reports coming out of Spain in May, about how zero improves safety (with no evidence) and how you can join the cult of zero. I can see now the huge stage slide ‘Just Believe’ (https://safetyrisk.net/no-evidence-for-the-religion-of-zero/) and all the Hillsong ecstasy just like a Billy Graham Crusade. Even now we see the propaganda flowing (http://visionzero.global/news) as if zero holds some sense of vision.
Of course, all this propaganda claimed to be some ‘transformational force’ is nothing (http://visionzero.global/why-vision-zero ). There is no strategy beyond the traditional methodologies of protection and bullying. There is nothing new or visionary about any of this. Please look anywhere globally and show me something that is visionary and transformative and send it to me, I’d love to see it.
Everything associated with Zero Vision is mythology and spin. Do yourself a favour and watch the little cartoon video here http://visionzero.global/why-vision-zero and tell me what think? And this is vision?
How embarrassing! Don’t you love a crusading animation about zero harm using a forklift with no PPE, exclusion zones, risk assessment or precautions, all to move a sign about health and safety. Classic vision, super dumb! The animation ends with health and safety broken because of a petty risk, what a symbol for where the industry is at! Is this the industry you identify with? No wonder safety is at risk! Zero vision indeed.
BTW, don’t forget to do the zero vision survey too (https://safetyrisk.net/take-the-zero-survey/ ). With over 2000 respondents still over 90% of the industry doesn’t believe in it. So is it just the 10% going to the zero vision congress?