From: Ralph Stuart <000005bc294e9212-dmarc-request**At_Symbol_Here**LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] [New post] Why do things go right?
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2018 09:39:39 -0400
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There is a very interesting discussion of safety management practices at

The introductory paragraphs are an indication of the larger argument of the post.

- Ralph


In his 2014 Safety I and Safety II: The past and future of safety management, Erik Hollnagel makes the argument that we should not (just) try to stop things from going wrong. Instead, we need to understand why most things go right, and then ensure that as much as possible indeed goes right. It seems so obvious. Yet it is light years away from how most organizations ‰??do‰?? safety today, with their focus on low numbers of lagging indicators, incidents and injuries.

That said, many organizations have now begun to recognize the severe organizational deficiencies, cultural problems and ethical headaches that lag indicators create for them.

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