Is telling scary stories a good way to make people safer?

2021-02-04T08:02:50+10:00

Is telling scary stories a good way to make people safer? I, tell stories about accidents. I tell stories about disasters because telling stories of disasters is much more fun at parties than telling stories about risk assessments.The underlying deep reason I do it is because I want people to understand the complexity of accidents. To understand that not that it could be you, but the people who have accidents are not evil people, are not people who don’t care. They are people living and experiencing their work when disaster strikes.There’s an opposite darker side [...]

What are the different types of Safety Work?

2021-02-04T07:59:51+10:00

What are the different types of Safety Work? SHOW NOTES,There was a time I was using this distinction between in-surance – making things safer. Assurance – telling people its safer. And that is difficult and confusing mainly because insurance is a made-up word. The way we like to talk about it now is.There’s different types of safety-work.There’s demonstrated safety.Which is stuff that you do to show other people that you’re safe. And that’s necessary for business. Business can only survive if your clients and your customers and your regulators think that you’re safe. And there [...]

What are the drivers for a lot of Safety Work?

2021-02-04T07:50:57+10:00

What are the drivers for a lot of Safety Work? SHOW NOTES.When you ask someone why they do safety stuff at work, the most common answer is “because I have to”; “because someone is making me do it”. It might be someone outside the organization, maybe a regulator, maybe a client, maybe a perceived need to it. Most often the organization has set up systems to manage safety and those systems are driving work.So, there’s of safety people do which is safety work, audits, risk assessments, take 5’s, procedures, inductions that they do because the [...]

What is the value of storytelling in improving safety?

2021-02-04T07:16:17+10:00

What is the value of storytelling in improving safety? SHOW NOTES.One of the reasons why administrative work gets separated from operational work is that they exist in different worlds. What a story is, is a way of creating a world for someone else that they can’t live in all the time. We can’t always be in someone else’s shoes, but if we listen to their stories, then that gives us some sense of what life is like for them. So, storytelling is a good way of artificially creating environments and shared understandings. Most of the [...]

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