As its cover declares “Safety Insights” includes case studies from industry practitioners exactly as they experience them without relying on the understanding of researchers who try to map the overall situation using multiple interviews, observations and questionnaires.
n the contrary, the authors of this book decided to present stories from practitioners of the aviation, construction, oil and gas, telecommunications, transportation, health and public safety industries, who work to keep the public safe.
Split in charters, practitioners share two real cases, one “success” and one “failure”, explaining the background and approach, and reflecting why their initiatives and activities worked or didn’t work. The descriptions of the cases are extremely descriptive, making this book a forum for professionals to express and share with others their knowledge and experience usually found under formal and informal practices.
Commenting on the nature of the book, the authors explain that safety successes are achieved every second, but we take them for granted, not appreciating the challenges professionals meet to make the world as safe as possible. On the other hand, safety failures might be less frequent, but they become focal points as the public tends to blame and not understand the context and the hard decisions professionals have to make.
As they say, this is the era where everything gets increasingly interconnected and workforce mobility is the new reality. For this reason, safety-minded professionals should scan what is happening within and beyond the sector they work.
Storytelling can connect people from different backgrounds and contexts. Sharing fortunate and unfortunate safety experiences openly and honestly must be part of modern safety management besides counting numbers, revealing trends, performing statistics, etc. In this book, the collection of stories from the real-world arena shows exactly this. Be brave to share with others all your outstanding achievements and unintentional failures. We can all learn from each other!
Nektarios Karanikas stated.