Anyone for a game of Piggy in the Middle….? Republished by request - Check out the new book by Rob Sams Piggy in the Middle, do you remember playing that game when you were a kid? You know, the one where you stand in the middle of a group of friends who continually throw a ball to one another over … [Read more...] about Safety Professionals–The Piggy in The Middle?
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 someone comes out with the bright idea that either we don’t have enough regulation or the last stick wasn’t big enough. This … [Read more...] about The Last Stick Wasn’t Big Enough
If you ask the wrong questions, you collect the wrong data Rather than measure what we value, we seem to value what we can measure - Unknown Generalisations are always problematic, because there are always exceptions. However, it is sometimes handy to use generalisations like a story, to … [Read more...] about Measurement and Psychosocial Safety
The Tyranny of Metrics This is the title of a very easy to read book on the obsession of metrics by Jerry Z. Muller. It should be mandatory reading for anyone in the safety industry. 'The challenges of ‘tick and flick’ in the culture of safety is endemic. We know from the research by Herbert Simon … [Read more...] about The Tyranny of Metrics
Why Be Rational When the Good Old LTI Superstition Will Do? By Dr Robert Long from www.humandymensions.com. One of the greatest irrational superstitions in the safety and risk industry is the mythical link between Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) and culture. The attribution of causal links between LTIs … [Read more...] about Why Be Rational When the Good Old LTI Superstition Will Do?
The Safety Data Delusion I read with amusement the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) piece on 20 February that endorses the nonsense of safety metrics. Framed as ‘news’, this non-news is anti-safety and anti-cultural intelligence. There is no data that can measure safety just as there is … [Read more...] about The Safety Data Delusion
Do You Believe in Good and Bad Luck? First published in Sept 2012 Soon it will be the football final and Melbourne Cup season again and millions of Australians will prove to each other that they believe in good and bad luck. There will be arguments about odds and probabilities, bank … [Read more...] about Do You Believe in Good and Bad Luck?
Cleopatra’s Nose, Circumstance and Predictability Rob’s book "For the Love of Zero: Human fallibility and Risk” is now available for free download. You should read the whole series of articles by Rob: CLICK HERE. I highly recommend you check out Rob’s first top seller “RISK MAKES SENSE” Pascal … [Read more...] about Cleopatra’s Nose, Circumstance and Predictability
Good Luck to the Luck Deniers How was Donald Horne to know in 1964 that when he wrote a simple little book called The Lucky Country he would sell over 2 million copies? That was lucky, a case of the right book at the right time. The book describes Horne’s understanding of what it means to be … [Read more...] about Good Luck to the Luck Deniers
Injury Rates, what do they mean for Boards and Risk and Safety Practitioners Today's drop with Matt Thorne from RiskDiversity, Dave Whitefield from Semiosphere and Andrew Thornhillfrom Clarity Enabled, all of us in 3 Small Chat Rooms. “Injury Rates, what do they mean for Boards and … [Read more...] about Injury Rates, what do they mean for Boards and Risk and Safety Practitioners