Safety only for the Rich and Powerful

Safety only for the Rich and Powerful We see today that safety is only for the strong, wealthy and powerful (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-25/victorian-junkyard-woman-sentenced-to-jail-over-death/10746110?pfmredir=sm). If you run a small business and can’t afford safety or lack competence in safety, or are isolated in the bush, watch out – you’re off to gaol. If you are a mega corporation, …

The Prosecution Problem

The Prosecution Problem By Greg Smith. First published here: https://www.waylandlegal.com.au/blog/the-prosecution-problem There is concerning trajectory in the current conversation about regulating health and safety in Australia. The conversation is almost exclusively focused on the consequences of workplace accidents, specifically ongoing calls for increasing penalties and introducing a class of offence called “Industrial Manslaughter”. At the risk …

The Impact of Curiosity vs. Compliance in Safety

The Impact of Curiosity vs. Compliance in Safety Insightful article by Jenny Krasny first published here but deserves a more discerning audience than the LinkedIn circle This post discusses the idea of progress in safety vs. a process of dehumanisation and, the changes we have seen over time. You're welcome to skip ahead to the …

WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture

WHS Legislation is NOT about Safety it’s about Culture. I asked a couple of managers the other day what they thought the WHS legislation was about. You see, my client had asked me to make sure that their managers knew of their legal compliance obligations – a fairly typical request often from senior management. So, …

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 …