The Perils of Excessive Safety Management Systems

  In a recent case of unfair dismissal in the Fair Work Commission (FWC 5004:2019 under commissioner Williams Perth 24 July 2019) we learn how creating onerous bureaucracy creates its own demons. The case of Wilson vs Boart Longyear  demonstrates how the creation of onerous safety management systems as always, brings by-products and trade-offs that …

Tackling the Reality of Harm

  ‘Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life’. Genesis 3:17 How Safety defines hurt or harm is a huge issue for the industry. The monster of injury statistics now defined as safety has created a circus of linguistic gymnastics and …

Dumbs for Safety

There’s nothing quite like a safety campaign that doesn’t consider what it communicates unconsciously through semiotics and messaging. This is classically displayed in the Mums for Safety campaign . It doesn’t matter how you ‘spin’ the framing and priming of this campaign its message promotes the opposite of what it seeks to uphold. Of course …

The Will To Be and Do

    One of many things Freud and Jung split over was the nature of psychic energy. We might call this ‘will’, ‘desire, ‘motivation’ or ‘decision’. Jung called psychic energy ‘libido’, Freud attributed only sexual drive to psychic energy and this is where they parted ways. Both agreed that psychic power was instinctive and beyond …