Zero as Morally Wicked

  Ravetz in the foreword to Independent Thinking in an Uncertain World, A Mind of One’s Own  talks about ‘post-normal science’, ‘box-ticking culture’ and the ‘poverty of normal science’. He sets the scene for a conversation about the limits of the myth of objectivity and tackling some of the worlds most ‘wicked problems’. Of course …

Tackling the Reality of Harm

  ‘Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life’. Genesis 3:17 How Safety defines hurt or harm is a huge issue for the industry. The monster of injury statistics now defined as safety has created a circus of linguistic gymnastics and …

New Year Safety Trade-Offs and By-Products

New Year Safety Trade-Offs and By-Products Hassan Vally introduces us to the concept of ‘microlives’ (http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e8223) which attempts to measure the life value of directions taken in life. For example: every hour of TV on the couch adds up to 15 minutes off your life whereas a daily serve of vegetables adds a couple of …

SIA has a Bet ‘Each Way’ on Zero

SIA has a Bet ‘Each Way’ on Zero Following in the wake of the Vision Zero spectacle at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017 the SIA decided to release a statement on Zero on 20 September 2017. The Statement is nothing short of simple spin-doctoring to ‘have a bet each …

The Tension of Opposites and Binaries in Risk

The Tension of Opposites and Binaries in Risk We are all familiar with the symbol of the Ying/Yang - the meshing of black and white into each other signifying the merging of the two. We observe in the Ying/Yang that the white appears in the centre of the black and the black appears in the …