Safety Quotes Essay

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My favourite safety quote for an ice breaker or for anyone who says “it will never happen to me” is by Captain EJ Smith (Captain of the Titanic):
“When any one asks me how I can best describe my experiences of nearly forty years at sea I merely say uneventful. Of course, there have been Winter gales and storms and fog and the like, but in all my experience I have never been in an accident of any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea, a brig, the crew of which was taken off in a small boat in charge of my third officer. I never saw a wreck and have never been wrecked, nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of ...view middle of the document...

” – Gerald Wilde
* If Safety is “Zero Harm” then Love must be “Zero Hate” – Dave Collins
* “For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.” – Thomas More’s book “Utopia” – quoted in the movie“Ever After – A Cinderella Story”
* “For if you force your people to stick rigidly to procedures, and their thinking to be stifled from their induction, and then blame them for failing to recognise a changed condition (and suffering an injury) to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make robots and then punish them (for being robotic).” Max Geyer
* “At their level of skill, driving like an average driver may be intolerably boring. Imagine being a master of Beethoven and all you are allowed to play is “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”! (Wilde, 2014, p79)” – HERE
* “The language of ‘bloody idiot’ and ‘common sense’ is everywhere in industry and demonstrates a profound inability to understand sensemaking, mindfulness, perception and motivation”. by Dr Rob Long here: Its Projection You Bloody Idiot
* “If safety is ‘common sense’ then we need no trainers, training programs, safety officers, inductions or safety legislation” from this article: by Rob Long here:  http://www.safetyrisk.net/common-sense-is-non-sense/
* “Safety is 30% Common Sense, 80% Compliance and the rest is good luck” – Barry Spud
* “Stress is not bad but a necessary part of facing life’s challenges. Whilst the dreamers maintain the delusion that ‘all accidents are preventable’ the rest of us know that the bumps and challenges of life are necessary for learning, resilience and maturation. There can be no resilience without stress, and no learning without risk.” Dr Rob Long – HERE: Safety Under Stress
* “the biggest problem with safety is that managers and safety professionals often engage in acts of public masturbation” –George Robotham – HERE
* “I’m just not that into safety any more” – Rob Sams – HERE
* “if we accept that there is no such thing as ‘zero risk’ then we should not spin the meaning of words with assertions such as ‘all accidents are preventable’. Dr Rob Long – HERE
* “when everyone agrees with me it’s time for me to quit” – Phil LaDuke
* “We can get a monkey in here to try hard; you get no points for being stupid” – Phil LaDuke
* “For every misunderstood genius there are 100 perfectly understood idiots” – Phil LaDuke
* We make thousands of decisions everyday in automatic mode without a mistake. Yet we don’t reflect and celebrate this wonderful mode of human decision making at work rather, we put the blow torch on the one moment when it doesn’t work and something goes wrong. – Dr Rob Long
* “If you talk to a man in a language he...

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