Safety Quotes

My favourite safety quote for an ice breaker or for anyone who says “it will never happen to me” is by Captain EJ Smith (Captain of the Titanic):
“When any one asks me how I can best describe my experiences of nearly forty years at sea I merely say uneventful. Of course, there have been Winter gales and storms and fog and the like, but in all my experience I have never been in an accident of any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea, a brig, the crew of which was taken off in a small boat in charge of my third officer. I never saw a wreck and have never been wrecked, nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.
“I will say that I cannot imagine any condition which could cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.”
Classic Safety Quotes
  * “Luckily my company has a Zero Harm Policy so I don’t have to worry about safety as much as others do” – Supervisor from a Tier 1 organisation
  * “we believe that we want to do what we are doing, otherwise how would we explain to others why we are doing it?” – Chris Paley “Unthink” p95
  * “Now: target zero; zero harm; no accidents, although they all look good on paper, they all focus on what you want to avoid. Imagine setting your business goals at the start of the year and presenting a goal of wanting to avoid any financial loss this coming year to the board. They would boot you straight out of the room! So, for what reason do we accept that with safety?” – Chad Lilley
  * “Our systems have become the equivalent of the Internet – it’s where you go to get answers without even really knowing the question or the context.Through the excessive use of processes, procedure, checklists and forms we have dumbed down their curiosity.” John Green
  * “Off the shelf Safety Systems – if you want a good dust collector, buy a vacuum cleaner” – Dave...