Positive Approach to Safety



I have been very critical of targets related to the absence of a negative.
Targets for avoiding injury are not safety targets. This illogical approach to
setting safety goals only serves to frustrate and, in some cases, confuse
workers. And although unintended, it also motivates people to be creative with
their injury statistics.

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The Past Outcomes Experienced Are Not Necessarily A Prediction of the Future Outcomes


I can’t count how many times I’ve heard this silly statement “I’ve done it this way for years and not gotten hurt..it’s SAFE!”. It’s an extremely illogical statement when trying to justify taking terrible risks. Gravity doesn’t care how many times you may have worked at a height without fall protection in the past. It will either be part of your day today or not…300 times before doesn’t change physics!

Is This REALLY a True Statement – Holding the Injury Rate is a “Positive”?

I’ve read a lot of STUPID statements in my life this in now on the TOP of my current list. Shame on You ALBERTA WCB

1) Injury Rates are VERY poor measures of Safety! Always Have Been and ALWAYS will be!

2) Holding at an injury rate is nothing to be proud of…is it?



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Talk about “spin doctor” BS!!

If Safety Starts At The Top…Where Does It Finish?

We’ve all heard it. Most of us have said it and some of us have even said it more than once- “safety starts at the top!” It’s not a difficult concept to understand. If the management team at the top of the organization doesn’t place safety on their agenda and in their vision for the organization, it simply won’t get done. If this is the start of safety then let’s follow the path to the logical conclusion-where does safety finish? In other words, where does the real work of safety get done? Intention at the top of an organization will need to be supported by a lot of doing to actually make it a reality for the people performing the work.

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