‘Safety differently’ is about relying on people’s expertise, insights and the dignity of 'work as actually done' to improve safety and efficiency. It is about halting or pushing back on the ever-expanding bureaucratisation and compliance of work.
The cost of compliance and bureaucracy can be mind-boggling, with every person working some eight weeks per year just to cover the cost of compliance, paperwork and bureaucratic accountability demands. This is non-productive time. It has also stopped progressing safety. Over the last two decades, safety improvements have flat-lined (as measured in fatalities and serious injury rates, for instance) despite a vast expansion of compliance and bureaucracy.
In this remarkable documentary, you can follow Kym Bancroft and Sidney Dekker in one organisation's (Urban Utilities) successful adoption and implementation of Safety Differently principles.