When the Target Drives the Method I was in a group at a conference recently where the presenter paraded out statistics on injury rates. We were shown graphs, charts and symbols all paraded in trends and patterns. Then right at the end the presenter said: ‘and this is why we are all motivated for … [Read more...] about When the Target Drives the Method
By What Method?
By What Method? One of the strange beliefs of Safety is that the publication of injury statistics invokes change? Ah, how does it do that? Since when did information become motivation? When one looks at the many promises made in the safety industry and all the propaganda about zero, injury … [Read more...] about By What Method?
The Craziness of Injury Goals
The Craziness of Injury Goals I used to work for a company that would budget to have a certain number of lost time injuries and fatalities each year. That may seem unconscionable today but it was not because they wanted or liked to hurt people or didn't care about them, it was for the Boardroom and … [Read more...] about The Craziness of Injury Goals
The Myth of the Perfect Process
The Myth of the Perfect Process by Phil La Duke – first published here: https://philladuke.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/the-myth-of-the-perfect-process/ Phil says: Whether you believe that safety is the result of personal choices or a robust system too many of us labor under the mistaken belief in the … [Read more...] about The Myth of the Perfect Process
Mining Tragedies – What Could be the Response?
Queensland Mining Tragedies – What Could be the Response? We learned recently that Queensland Mining has its worst rate of fatalities in 20 years in 2014-15. (http://www.internationalcoalnews.com/storyview.asp?storyID=826953720§ion=News§ionsource=s46&aspdsc=yes). Yes, this is … [Read more...] about Mining Tragedies – What Could be the Response?
I’ve got a feeling this isn’t right, but…..
I’ve got a feeling this isn’t right, but….. By Rob Sams “That’s not an LTI. I’m really concerned about this, and we need to change the report straight away! It’s not good that John had to spend a night in hospital and I know that he is fair dinkum. That’s why we did the right thing and got him to … [Read more...] about I’ve got a feeling this isn’t right, but…..
Safety then and now, how did we survive?
Great insight by Keith McCabe – just posted on LinkedIn Pulse Safety then and now, how did we survive? People haven’t really changed that much their perception of safe is really much as it’s always been what has changed a lot is people’s perception of entitlement. Years ago if someone was asked … [Read more...] about Safety then and now, how did we survive?
My First Fatality
One of our readers asked if we could republish this poem from July 2012, not sure why but I hope it helps: My First Fatality If I can, for once, be a little serious and compassionate….. A fellow Safety Professional, in a brand new role, recently experienced her first fatality. Unfortunately, many … [Read more...] about My First Fatality
Safety Spud Heads Will Love This
Safety Spud Heads Will Love This A reader just sent me this article from ZDNET – Unbelievable! Just shows the battle that the band of merry people have ahead of us against the Kings and their Sheriffs. If you don't understand people and safety then the obvious answer, of course, is to spend a … [Read more...] about Safety Spud Heads Will Love This
Statistics – Lies or science?
Statistics - Lies or science? First article by our newest Awesome Author, Wynand Serfontein, who says: “After reading some of the comments on the posts of the last few months, I observed a possible lack of understanding about measurement, statistics and predictions. I thought it would be … [Read more...] about Statistics – Lies or science?