Monthly Archives: February 2013

Why we are making no progress in safety – and there is no light at the end of the tunnel

There is very little knowledge development in safety in Australia; so close you could call it none. A review of scientific journals would probably show this to be true – at least that is my hypothesis – but no one … Continue reading

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100 years. No progress.

Year 2013. Promotion for a safety conference.  “…most accidents occur from people not paying attention… Research has identified that 95% of incidents are caused by very specific behavioural patterns…” Year 1910.  Crystal Eastman’s characterisation of the archetypical response of an … Continue reading

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Abattoir crush fatality: Engineering standards for safe control design

Abraham Yak was crushed after inadvertently actuating a control while cleaning a machine according to the reports below.  A meat processor was found guilty on two charges relating to occupational health and safety.  The charges are not listed in these … Continue reading

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An OHS Challenge

Challenge: 1. Search the internet for ohs, safety, leadership, culture, change, science, behaviour, systems, learning, etc. 2. Read what you find. 3. Read this: Safety implications of the neuroscience of plasticity and the work athlete. 4. Please let me know if … Continue reading

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What’s black about a blackspot?

What’s black about a “blackspot”?  Nothing as far as I can see.  There are a few examples below about black being used to describe dangerous hazards with roads, workplaces and water.  There is nothing black about these situations.  Why not … Continue reading

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Safety implications of the neuroscience of plasticity and the work athlete

Safety implications of the neuroscience of plasticity and the work athlete: Abstract of a  keynote address on safety leadership cultural change science* Leadership in occupational health and safety will only be achieved by adopting the latest research  about human performance.  … Continue reading

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What does safety look like?

PPE (personal protective equipment) = Safety. At least this is the message by looking at the cover of the “National Strategy” (Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022). On the cover there are seven people with 4 pairs of safety … Continue reading

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