From: Jeffrey Lewin <jclewin**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Fwd: [DCHAS-L] [New post] Health and Safety II?
Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2019 21:20:53 -0400
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Alex Honnold is the current poster child for this. See his accomplishments in "Free Solo", in his autobiography "Alone on the wall" and prominent presence in Mark Synnott's Book

When Alex is asked if he is being unsafe or taking risks, he answers "no" reasoning he's not going beyond his abilities and working with our a rope "forces" him to make the right decisions. The movie is filled with scenes where he practices the "tough" moves (and falling while on a rope and attached to 'pro" aka protection). Yet he still admits that a wrong mistake - a rock breaking, could be the start of the last 15 seconds of his life. Mark, in his book, takes Alex to task for showing up without a helmet on a climb. When asked if he "forgot it" he replies "yes, sort of." It turns out he doesn't own one.

Ironically, his worst accident is when he is roped up and climbing with his inexperienced girlfriend. The rope was shorter than usual and Alex, the senior climber in charge of safety, failed to tie a jamb knot in the rope and his girlfriend let the rope slip through the belay device.

Sadly, I think we'll eventually see Alex's name along with many names ( and friends) he and Mark mention in their books who pay the ultimate price for pushing the limits - free soloing, base jumping, and slacklining without a net.


On Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM Stuart, Ralph <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
This blog post describes a safety culture challenge I have encountered in the research lab setting - balancing managing risk with pushing into areas with unknown hazards. It also describes a cultural stress that develops in discussions between emergency responders and people who work with hazards under controlled circumstances.

- Ralph

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Health and Safety II?

by David Slater

At a recent conference I attended, there was a paper describing an attempt to "manage" the risks involved in rock climbing. This highlighted the desire of climbers to push the boundaries to demonstrate mastery over evermore seemingly "unsafe" situations. (Solo unaided, unsupported climbs reliant only on the courage, skill and wit of the individual climber?). [-]

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David Slater | 2 August, 2019 at 5:12 AM | Tags: practice, procedures, safety I, safety II | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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