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Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00


There are many theories into why incidents/accidents happen and how can we prevent them.  Speaking from experience, yes, incidents/accidents have been falling because of better legal standings and machines are more reliable, but reading a book by Gary Klein Seeing What Others Don't (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seeing-What-Others-Dont-Remarkable-ebook/dp/B00BKRVU0G) . It has helped me understand why possibly we are missing things and incidents/accidents are still happening.

When I travel the country and talk to people from many organisations at any level, a lot of reaction is great, but their are some who scratch their heads wanting to know why would you stick your arm in a screw conveyor? Their insight is that it is dangerous and your a fool, but when you are in the zone needing to get something done, logic sometimes goes out the window, and we do things that in the cold light of day wouldn't do.

The people who question me, are right, I was a fool, but I show them this clip from YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-14bkh18G1Y  (6.30) of John Noaks climbing Nelson Column. I ask them would they do it? Many so no first of all, but once you start writing a cheque for at least 5 figures, minds start to wander off the NO WAY to hmmm I'll think about it. 

We can all be quick to judge someones decision in doing something stupid to yourself, but it's not until we see the other person's insight do we truly understand why they did what they did.


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