As Mike Rowe [Dirty Jobs, The Way I Heard It, Returning The Favor, TED.com...] puts it, the superior perspective is Safety Third, with personal responsibility as number 1.
Expecting an observer to know more/ care more about you [and those around] than individuals, is merely a dodge by insurers, redirecting culpability to an intermediate party, and forms niche of personal injury attorneys.
With another tip of the hat to their lobbyists...
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
To quote Mao Tse Tung's "Little Red Book" of observations: "Peoples attitudes and opinions that have been formed over decades of life cannot be changed by holding a few meetings or giving a few lectures".
Toolmaker51 and NeiljohnUK have perfectly proven my point. With a good H&S person, every one of those people working there would have known instinctively what there role was and where NOT to be during that operation whether that H&S person was there or not. A good H&S person would never have let them on site without thorough, proper training first. "the superior perspective is Safety Third, with personal responsibility as number 1." That sentiment excludes training which is the true superior approach to safety. Also included in our training is the idea of respect for your coworkers and recognizing potential safety risks that might affect them. Where I work I build these in to every aspect of training along with superior risk assessment and superior preventive measures to further reduce risk. Complete ignorance of training and other "rules" is typically when we see an injury but the injured person is retrained not made the scapegoat.
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