Safety Statistics

By Greg Smith, WHS Lawyer. First published here Quote from the article: If two people die in an electrical incident at your workplace, nobody cares what your last safety culture survey reveals. You need to demonstrate how the risk of electrocution was managed in your organisation, and whether it was managed effectively. No one cares what ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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Greg, the author of this article (first published here), certainly does upset some safety people on Linkedin! He makes an excellent point here – you may get 97%, a big tick or a star for having a plethora of JHAs (or SWMS, JSAs, SOPs etc), another for them being extremely comprehensive and a few more ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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LTIFROne thing normalized in the culture of safety is the delusional idea that ‘attributed’ measures like LTIFR actually have meaning… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>

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What Are The Odds Safety Statistics Are Tarnished? Guest post by Ken Roberts – HSE Specialist – LinkedIn Profile: Ken R. Roberts Did you know one of the smallest risks that statisticians have ever measured is—dying as a result of cancer caused by the release of plutonium from a deep space probe that loses control during its ...… 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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Courage to Challenge the Great TRIFR and LTIFR 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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10 Safest Companies In America and the ‘Extraordinary’ Ways They Did It

by Dave Collins
10 Safest Companies In America and the ‘Extraordinary’ Ways They Did It EHS Today recently announced their “2016 America’s Safest Companies Awards” (HERE) There are no clear criteria on the results page as to how this is judged but the application form (download here) makes for interesting reading – the first few pages are devoted to extensive ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Bradbury Effect, BP Syndrome and TRIFR Stats

by Dr Rob Long
The Bradbury Effect, BP Syndrome and TRIFR Stats Everyone knows the story about Stephen Bradbury and his gold medal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYUjmEH9NNk). Here is the Aussie running last in the speed skating event of 2002 and by sheer luck and the misfortune of others he comes first and wins the gold medal. Now, without taking any credit from ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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The Mountain Has Been Climbed. Now What?

by Phil LaDuke
The Mountain Has Been Climbed. Now What? by Phil La Duke, first published here: https://philladuke.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-mountain-has-been-climbed-now-what/ You’re corporate incident rate is so low that you are the envy of your industry, so where do you go from here? Despite the ever increasing death traps that we call workplaces, it’s a valid question that some fortunate companies have to ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Where is Safety Leadership Headed?

by Dave Collins
The Pain of Reporting…article by Paul Nieuwoudt (first published here: http://leadership-observer.com/index.php/blog/where-is-safety-leadership-headed) – raises some interesting questions about our current approach to our safety management and incident reporting systems. More of Paul’s articles: Imperfections and Humble Enquiry – A Great Team Zero Harm and A Peasant in 16th Century Europe Another side to the story The Illusion Of Opposites ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Why Would You Talk That Way?

by Dr Rob Long
Why Would You Talk That Way? Postman’s classic book ‘Crazy talk, Stupid Talk’ (1976) discusses the power of semantic environments. That is, the context in which we talk. For example, the words ‘sorry I have sinned’ may make sense in a confessional but don’t make much sense in a court room. Similarly, the words ‘your eyes ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Numerology and Psychic Numbing

by Dr Rob Long
  Numerology and Psychic Numbing Numerology is the belief in a mystical relationship between numbers and events. I can remember as a kid being challenged by the coincidence between numbers and events, later learning that the fascination between numbers and proofs dates back to the Early Church Fathers. There is no doubt that people love the fascination ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Saying What Is REALLY Important Matters

by Alan Quilley
Part 1 - What Does Counting Injuries as a Measure of Our Safety Process do to Our Risk Communication? By Alan Quilley and first published HERE There’s a long tradition in thinking (by some) that measuring safety is best done by measuring the lack of injury. If you’ve read ANY of my books, articles, newsletters, tweets, Linkedin ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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General Motors Stops Using Safety Metrics

by Dave Collins
GM Throws Out the Safety Metrics An interesting article below by EHS Today on some big statements made by GM's Senior Manager for Health and Safety that they are to begin “throwing out the safety metrics”. You will see that their focus is still on counting, measuring and controlling hazards - only lots more data ie ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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I’m 100% Certain About That….

by Rob Sams
I’m 100% Certain About That…. I’ve just arrived home after being away for work all week. For almost all of the two hour drive home, I was tracking parallel to storm clouds all around me, and on the radio, the broadcast was regularly interrupted with ‘weather alerts’ warning of severe storms in my area. When I arrived ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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Measurement in Safety, You’ve Got it All Wrong

by Dr Rob Long
Measurement in Safety, You’ve Got it All Wrong I read a recent article by Alan Quilley (http://www.safetyresults.ca/) on measuring safety by injury rate and was fascinated by the logic. I enjoyed the video on regression to the mean (Prevention of Incidents VS Creating Safety) and the discussion on injury goals. But I thought Alan, you have ...… Enjoy the rest of the article >>>>>
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