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Discounting Danger

July 29, 2021

Have you ever sped through a yellow light? Run a red? Why do we engage in these risky behaviors when we know crashes at intersections are among the deadliest? The answer according to safety science is because our mental model tells us we’ll be okay. 

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What Uncertainty Looks Like

June 17, 2021

Have you ever wondered about something and rested your hand under your chin or on your cheek? That can be a sign of uncertainty. Rodin’s statue, The Thinker, demonstrates this well. If you’re stroking your chin, you may be evaluating a situation or making a decision.

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Gauging Uncertainty

May 27, 2021

What does it look like to relentlessly pursue the elimination of serious injuries? Among other things, it means treating incidents and close calls with serious injury potential like fatalities and conducting thorough investigations.

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Implementing Safety Differently in a High-Risk Industry

May 19, 2021

Surprises are frequent, yet seldom acknowledged nor prepared for in ordinary work situations. Join me and Asher Balkin, Research Engineer at the Cognitive Systems Engineering Lab (The Ohio State University) as we explore the practical application of fundamental Resilience Engineering premises that “surprise will happen” and “work is variable”...

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Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Unprecedented Times

July 15, 2020

Note: This article was originally published by the Resilience Engineering Association.

Asher Balkin is a Research Engineer at the Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Asher has worked in fields as diverse as public health, international security, surgical research, and human/automation interaction.

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Learning From What Goes Well

September 27, 2019

Have you ever been on a job site where no incidents were occurring, but unsafe practices were present? Take a moment to think about that and let it sink in. Accidents may represent a lack of safety, but a lack of accidents does NOT represent safety.

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