Accidents Happen Because You Don’t Put Safety First

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 approach to risk were real. …

All Injuries are Preventable and Other Silly Safety Sayings

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”. All Injuries are Preventable and Other Silly Safety Sayings All injuries …

A Culture of Care (and sackings…)

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 oppositional thinkers (ie the zero …

Is Safety a Choice You Make?

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 this silly stuff comes from …

Tips for staff engagement in dirty jobs

Tips for staff engagement in “dirty jobs” – does the same apply for dangerous jobs? Just came across this article on HC Online: Professional pariahs: Tips for staff engagement in “dirty jobs”. It discusses the challenge of how to engage and motivate staff involved in “dirty jobs” like toilet cleaning, pest extermination and cemetery work, …