https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlxjng8h3Tc I couldn't help share this u-tube video on my health & safety LinkedIn group. The objective is to reach out to more people, as the message was not only seen but felt by everyone who watches it.

A safety message when it is "felt" I think is much more profound than when it is "seen" as I think for most part we are movie goer in our own life, so often watching things happening or unfolding in front of our lives, but having no direct impact on us, are too far away from our "being" to actually be felt. Let's face it we watch movies and TV shows on a daily basis, so we are used to being "observers" in life!

 

A CEO who manages thousands of people and has to make some of them redundant, in the lower levels that don't report to him/her, are in another state or country does not feel the impact of their decision, as s/he has no connection to the decision he makes. Yet if his/her own child comes home that day having lost their job in exactly the same way, it brings up emotions that their own decision that same day didn't! Why because that CEO has felt the emotional impact of a decision. It's their kid, they are feeling the pain and disappointment that they are going through, and are powerless to do anything about it!

I have heard colleagues or observer say from time to time, that people become complacent in their lives/jobs and this is why accidents happen. But I am not sure if this is the correct label. It somehow corresponds with the catch phrase "It only happens to other people"??

Let me give you 2 examples of this.

During the 2nd world war the Poms knew well in advance that they were going to be heavily bombed by the Germans, and as a result took action to mitigate this risk, they built their hospital's well out of the city limits and built air raid shelters and put alarms in place to warn people. In the early days people were compliant, they air raid sirens went off and they diligently went into these shelter, coming out when they were told. But there was an area of London which wasn't actually getting bombed, so when the people were coming out of the shelters sometimes many hours later and seeing no evidence of bombing, they actually stopped going into the shelters!

Very Recently I worked with a company that went into Liquidation. I had close relationships with the accounts people and believe from what they had told me that "the writing had been on the wall for some 12 months". Interestingly those closest to the action (in the know) were not taking any actions to mitigate their circumstances (go out and find another job) Because each week that they continued to be paid, they believed as it was continuing to happen despite the "writing on the wall" it wasn't going to happen to them. So when the company went down, they were devastated and experienced a number of emotions with that experience. If you have gone through this process yourself, this description will bring up that old pain. If you haven't, you are simply reading some words in a text.

So when people are working with or in a risky job for so long, and nothing happens, they believe that nothing is going to! (based on their past experience)

I have a son, and we live in the coldest place in Victoria, we've experienced a little snow from time to time, but he'd never been to the snow areas. I sent him on a trip to England when he was 13, there was no way in which I could convince him snow was not anything but exciting, because that is how he had viewed it. Having not "experienced" it, the concept was too far away in his brain to "get it"

This u-tube video has more of a heart-felt affect that delivering training to a bunch of people in a class room listening you talk about how to be "safe"