There are many aphorisms that float about the workplace that are used to suit the hidden agenda of those in power. One such saying is: ‘you have to be cruel to be kind’. This is captured in the sentiments of the song by Nick Lowe ‘Cruel to be Kind’. Of … Learn more >>>>>
Accidents Happen Because You Don’t Put Safety First
This is the language and logic of Worksafe Victoria (http://worksafenews.com.au/news/item/571-farmers-urged-to-put-safety-first-as-fatalities-soar.html). Apparently farmers put safety last or second and that’s why farmers get injured. If only farmers got the hierarchy right there would be no harm. If only this simplistic, binary and naïve … Learn more >>>>>
quotable quote: “The use of silly and meaningless safety language matters, it creates a distraction and delusion that safety and risk are being addressed. We may feel good about speaking such words but they dumb down culture and distract people from taking safety seriously”.
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Sighhhh…….every time I publish one of these true stories I am inundated with private emails from people telling similar stories and their disdain for these aspects of safety – but they fear speaking up about it. Rebelling against the ridiculous and harmful side of safety is interpreted by the binary … Learn more >>>>>
Is Safety a Choice You Make?
One of the things safety seems good at doing is developing illogical slogans and sayings. Some examples are: ‘all accidents are preventable’ and ‘safety is no accident’. The trouble is what we say affects the thinking of others and sets cultural agenda. Half of … Learn more >>>>>