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Fake News, Fake Safety and Fake Christmas The craft of misinformation has been about for millennia but more recently with the problems of social media has become much more pronounced. The Cult of the Amateur (Keen, 2008) and the world of The Shallows (Carr, 2011) has brought a whole new era of ‘fake news’. This was ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Accidents Photos From Yesteryear Would stuff like this still happen? Probably!!!! Since these were taken, we have invented many more ways for things to go seriously wrong and for catastrophe to occur. Unfortunately we also have an over confidence in technology and our systems designed to prevent it - see: The Sully Effect and Deepwater Horizon: The ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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TRIFR Safety Zombies The surge in interest in the zombie phenomena (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie) across media, social media, movies and literature is extensive. The zombie apocalypse (societal breakdown) projects a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to human life that engage in a general assault on civilization. The surge in interest in zombies was anchored to the ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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The Sully Effect I wrote recently about the Bradbury Effect that is, the delusion that there is no chance, luck, randomness and fundamental attribution error. A critical part of the Bradbury effect is the attribution of value to denial in the light of hindsight bias. It’s amazing how smart we become as humans when we are ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Never ask a Safety Person if they believe in Santa A Risk Assessment of Santa’s Toy Delivery Services There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist (except maybe in Japan) religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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George's Xmas Safety Message First published in December 2012 by George Robotham. George passed away suddenly in September 2013 and this message is republished each year in his honour. Read all of George's articles here: Complete Works of George Robotham Christmas is a time when many are more likely to drink and drive, it may help to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Dumb Ways To Die and A Strange Sense of Success

by Dr Rob Long
Is using humour in safety a method to handle and think about things we are uncomfortable with or does using humour simply help us ignore the real issues?. Update: Media and marketing commentators Mumbrella report similar findings to Rob Long (18 months later) in their article Has Dumb Ways to Die been effective?. They ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Affirming Chance

by Dr Rob Long
Affirming Chance My apologies for the perhaps heavy nature of the following blog but serves as a follow up to the previous on Innocence and Justice in Safety (https://www.safetyrisk.net/innocence-and-justice-in-safety/). So lets follow up the piece on Justice and innocence by a quote from Deleuze. Deleuze states: ‘To abolish chance by holding it in the grip of causality and ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Innocence and Justice in Safety

by Dr Rob Long
Innocence and Justice in Safety Jung rightly names Safety as the archetype of innocence . Innocence is linked to the quest for justice and purity, zero harm. The ideology of zero harm endorses the archetype of the innocence-safety discourse, a sign of immaturity. The quest for perfection believes in the ultimate justice that perfection is attainable ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Courage to Challenge the Great TRIFR and LTI Delusion

by Dr Rob Long
Courage to Challenge the Great TRIFR and LTI Delusion It was Marx (The German Ideology) who said ‘as individuals express their life, so they are’. At the heart of this aphorism is the idea that what is normalized in a culture comprises what the culture is. One of the things that have become normalized in the culture ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Safety Gone Mad

by Dave Collins
Safety Gone Mad This is what happens when people have too much power and authority,  no idea about discerning risk or any concept of the by-products of just banning things for ‘safety reasons’. See Rob Longs recent article: The Safety Worldview. This is going straight to our HOT TOASTER PAGE As if there aren't a 1000 other ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Safety Worldview

by Dave Collins
The Safety Worldview A favourite word for Safety is ‘don’t’. The favourite word for safety is ‘hazards’. The ‘go to’ word for Safety is ‘controls’. It doesn’t take long in exposure to Safety to realize that the industry is not a profession but rather a deficit philosophy of don’ts, rather than do’s. It’s so easy to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Fooled by Certainty

by Rob Sams
Fooled by Certainty How often do we go about our lives expecting, assuming, and at times demanding; that our plans, our ideas and even our relationships are ‘safe and sound’ (certain)? It is as-if such plans, ideas and relationships have some kind of magical guarantee attached to them which means that they will always pan out ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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My First Safety Lessons

by Dave Collins
My First Safety Lessons Guest post by Ken Roberts – HSE Specialist – LinkedIn Profile: Ken R. Roberts Things were different in Western Australia in 1981. We hadn't won the America's Cup, BHP didn't have a 'B' on the end of it and mining hadn't adopted the idea of Safety as it does today. In those early ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Reflecting on a Lifetime in Camps and Remote Site Locations

by Dave Collins
Reflecting on a Lifetime in Camps and Remote Site Locations Guest post by Ken Roberts – HSE Specialist – LinkedIn Profile: Ken R. Roberts Am I going to give it up anytime soon? With 36 years of mining and construction camps under my belt, 15 of those as a construction manager and the last 14 years managing HSE, ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Christmas Safety Poem

by Dr Rob Long
Christmas Safety Poem – A Hazardman Christmas Republished from last year - enjoy again: News just out of the UK and reported in the Daily Mail: Elf and safety forces Nativity procession Mary to ride on a donkey wearing HARD HAT Prompted Rob Long to write this Christmas Safety Poem – ENJOY! Imagine Source A Hazardman Christmas By Dr Robert Long from ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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