Robert Arden (no login) Posted Jun 9, 2012 10:20 AM
" Our system of workplace health and safety is based on the principle of managing risk, not attempting to eliminate it" - sounds like management speak for we do everything we can to avoid being sued for accidents.
Judith Hackett obviously knows little about working in dangerous environments.
I've worked in places where high speed cutters produce tons of chips an hour. You can imagine what what would happen if someone got a hand into the machine while it was running. We didn't seek to manage this risk but to eliminate it by fitting guards which ensured no one could get any part of their body into the machines while they were working. Interlocking switches were fitted which meant the machines wouldn't even run without the guards fitted.
"Managing" this risk would presumably mean telling people not to put their hand in the machine while it was running and to hell with safety guards. Oh and how would this "managing" work if someone slipped near the machine put a hand out to steady themselves and it went into the blades?