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Was New York Shut Down by Safety Spuds? How’s the discourse, by-products and trade-offs!  On 26th January 2015, The US National Weather Service (NWS) predicted that a "potentially historic blizzard", possibly “the worst ever”, would strike the north eastern states. New York reacted by shutting down their subway system and declaring a travel ban for all but ...

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Risk, Safety and Fundamental Attribution Error What do they say about damn lies and statistics? Well, maybe safety hasn’t heard about that one, nor it seems has the CFMEU or ACT Regulator. Recently the Secretary of the CFMEU trotted out yet again the statistic that the ACT Building and Construction Industry has a ‘shocking’ record ( ...

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Inaugural Psychology of Risk Conference 2015Set this one in your diary, there has been nothing like this conference before. ACU, Human Dymensions and the Centre for Leadership and Learning in Risk are sponsoring the first Psychology of Risk Conference in Australia. The conference will be held at The Australian Catholic University in North Sydney on ...

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Think Different, Act Differently in Risk The ‘think different’ campaign for Macintosh (Think_different) was a highly successful campaign to differentiate one computer platform against another. The campaign was launched by this successful video. The campaign marked the return of Steve Jobs to Apple after the debacle of sending him to the wilderness to start NeXT and ...

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Safety Entitlement and Compulsory Safety Mis-Education Image SourceAs things continue to remain unchanged in the safety sphere safety people turn to the schooling system for the next bite at the cherry. Publication of injury statistics of young workers injured at work always seems to spark the crusade for teaching safety in schools yet again. I couldn’t ...

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Its All Good - The Trees Were Killed For OH&S Reasons Radio Station B105 reported today that trees on a wealthy Brisbane Street have been dressed in shade cloth as part of a fight against vandals.  The trees were poisoned last April, allegedly by local residents, hoping to improve the value of their properties and their ...

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I can't believe that nobody was seriously injured Veteran Safety Crusader, Barry Spud, is very angry, in fact, he is outraged. Returning to work as Zero Harm Plus Controller at ACME, after taking 3 months long service leave with a 3 month extension for compassionate stress leave, he was looking forward to ...

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Risk and Safety RitualsRituals are the foundation of cultural belonging and identity. You can’t really understand or influence culture without a good grasp of rituals and artefacts. The idea that behaviours (‘what we do around here’) define culture is one of the grand delusions of simplistic risk and safety. For those who are unfamiliar with ...

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Late last year I Unsubscribed to dozens of “safety” newsletters (See Isn’t Safety Supposed to be a Positive Thing). Every time I opened these newsletters I was confronted by fines & punishments, legislative updates, death & injury, PPE and the latest snake oil – That’s not safety - I was gaining absolutely nothing from these, ...

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In Praise of Balance in Risk and the Threat of ExtremismWith all the focus on the terrible events in France and Sydney recently the word of the month is extremism. Following the events of the Lindt Seige and the Charlie Hedbo Masscre leaders are careful not to associate recent acts of terror with religion but ...

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Could understanding Grey, be the ‘silver bullet’? Since I started writing on Safetyrisk.net in November 2013, I’ve received lots of great feedback thoughts, questions and even criticisms about my posts which I appreciate.A key theme of the feedback that I receive is that some of the concepts are difficult to fully comprehend because what I write ...

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What is excessive regulation doing to us all? by Dave Gettins Congratulations Dave Gettins – He’s coming to the Social Psychology of Risk Conference, on Dolphyn!A big well done to Dave Gettins for submitting the winning entry in Dolphyn’s competition to win a place at the inaugural Social Psychology of Risk Conference being at the Australian ...

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Balancing Tight and Loose Coupled Systems My last two articles on art and helping, generated feedback and questions that are worthy of further explanation. Amongst the feedback was that I ‘systems bash’ when I write about risk and safety.Firstly, while I can understand how people may feel that I don’t value systems, however, the short response ...

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Discouraging Workers from Reporting Injuries Is Bad BusinessOne of the negative outcomes of a dogmatic Zero Harm approach is the reluctance, at all levels in the organisation, to report injuries. See ZERO HARM DEBATEBill Sims, in his article: Injury Hiding – How do you stop it, answers the question: "I’ve inherited a safety incentive program ...

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Quirky things that work when trying to help othersWith the current safety theme trending toward HELPING (see Safety as a Helping Profession and I was just trying to help), I thought it timely to republish this post by the late George Robotham who wrote this a few years ago with some input from Robert Long IntroductionRegardless of what discipline ...

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What is Safety? The World’s Hardest Question? Alan Quilley recent published this article on his blog: What is YOUR definition of SAFE?. He says: Many of us, myself included, use the word SAFE (and unsafe) in our writings and discussions. If you work in the Safety Management field, it is likely even in your job title.What I ...

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