After concentrating on health and safety management (and KM) for so long, one cannot help but formulate an opinion. Since this opinion is formed after reflecting on what I have read, I feel it is important to share it with you all.
I came across a report from the health and safety executive which stated that about 70% of work-related accidents are caused by management deficiencies. This is a staggering amount when you consider that on average, 2 people die everyday from an accident at work. This is a terrible loss, and the real tragedy is that it is preventable. Hence, I passionately believe that it's about time management shows more responsibility for the safety of their people. In order to change this sorry culture, they have to address this problem at the highest level. I will finish this by sharing a quote from the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission. It is safe to say that I share his view.
"As far as I am concerned, those who cannot manage health and safety, cannot manage. We need to create a positive health and safety culture which sees business go beyond doing the statutory minimum."- Bill Callaghan, Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission