Standing on a train platform this morning I noticed that the old authoritative “STAND BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE” had been replaced with something a little more personable (see below, as opposed to ‘in front of this you get a fine’) and it reminded me of this article by Gab Carlton from a few years ago … [Read more...] about Stand Behind The Yellow Line – Do Engineering Controls Affect Risk?
My favourite quote is in relation to racing drivers on normal roads and why they have more crashes and get more fines: “At their level of skill, driving like an average driver may be intolerably boring. Imagine being a master of Beethoven and all you are allowed to play is “Twinkle, twinkle, little … [Read more...] about Risk Homeostasis Theory–Why Safety Initiatives Go Wrong
What Can Safety Learn From Desire Paths? Safety people often lament: “why do they take short cuts?”, “why do they ignore signs?”, “why cant they follow procedures?”, “why do they disable safety features?” – Simple answer: Because they are human! A more complex answer may be found in “Risk … [Read more...] about What Can Safety Learn From Desire Paths?
In the course of doing my studies at the Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk (CLLR), I often drive over to Canberra to attend. It gives me time to chill out, even though it is an extremely long drive of 12-16 hours depending on the conditions. I love driving with my favourite music blaring or … [Read more...] about Tentative at Tooleybuc
Homeostasis doesn’t just apply to risk (http://riskhomeostasis.org/; https://safetyrisk.net/risk-homeostasis-theorywhy-safety-initiatives-go-wrong/ ), it is a dynamic of human being. Homeostasis is really about a fundamental drive in the human psyche to regulate. Homeostasis is about how the … [Read more...] about The Shock of Homeostasis
Indicators of Risk I often get sent presentations and training formats from safety people seeking my expertise on improvement, learning design and critique of safety presentations. One thing safety people are not educated in is teaching, curriculum and learning. Amazing how the industry throws … [Read more...] about Indicators of Risk
Banning Head Protection is Safer Some may be aware that the National Boxing Championships are being conducted in Adelaide in April 2017. This is the first championship where protective headgear has been banned. This is in line with a global ban on protective headgear because it doesn’t protect … [Read more...] about Banning Head Protection is Safer
Are You Risk Intelligent? Risk is all around us, not all risk is bad risk. If we don’t take risks in life, not only do we not learn, we miss opportunities for business success. Preventing people from taking risks can stop them from learning how to make calculative decisions to manage the risk, if … [Read more...] about Are You Risk Intelligent?
Truck Fall Harness–The Latest Dumb Safety Photo To Go Viral This the latest “safety fail” photo currently going viral on social media. A guy unloading a table-top truck, decked out head-to-toe in all the PPE imaginable including a fall arrest harness which obviously isn't going to work very … [Read more...] about Fall Harness–The Latest Dumb Safety Photo To Go Viral
Many Still Think That Risk Homeostasis Is A Fallacy Upon reflection, I realise that I have known of the concept of Risk Homeostasis pretty much my whole life. I can fondly remember the massive hills I was game enough to conquer once I had brakes installed on my billy cart. It is only in the last … [Read more...] about Many Still Think That Risk Homeostasis Is A Fallacy