When Things Go Wrong Let’s Do More of the Same

  I always find it fascinating when there is an increase in safety statistics or incidents that the call is always about greater vigilance, more checklists, more policing and more effort. What an amazing industry that still doesn’t know why things go wrong. Rather than question the fundamental flaws in safety ideology or safety orthodoxy …

Complacency and The Wayward Mind

Complacency and The Wayward Mind The issue of complacency is a preoccupation of the risk and safety industry yet one can find little research in the sector beyond the excessive use of the label. It seems once we have declared something as ‘complacency’ we somehow know what has occurred. Usually complacency is interpreted as laziness, …

Chronic Unease is Not Enough

Chronic Unease is Not Enough   The concept of ‘chronic unease’ has been about in safety for some time. It was unfortunately put forward by Reason as a mindset to tackle complacency. Complacency is rarely well defined and is most associated with: in-alertness, lethargy, laziness, not being careful, inattentiveness, lack of attention and lack of …

The Convenience of Complacency

The Convenience of Complacency One of the cultural characteristics of the safety industry is fundamental attribution error . It seems that safety seeks blame before it breathes, you certainly need to if your job title includes zero. Whenever there is an event in comes safety to quickly ensure that everyone in the ‘wrong’ is deemed …

Dispelling the Complacency Myth

Dispelling the Complacency Myth By Phil La Duke first published here. Phil says: week's post I take a hard look at the difference between worker complacency and attention fatigue. I hope you will read the article and tell me what you think. The latest scape goat for injuries seems to be complacency. The latest in …