Our first reaction was that nobody should ever use this machine. In a response to that, I was asked to find a solution for this situation and to make an offer. But before I could do that, our partner suddenly sent me a newsletter article. The unsafe machine made it to the headlines: it had fallen off the roof, with all its consequences.
The big question that came to me was: “how is it possible that the definition of safety and how to deal with it varies between different people?”
“We always have done it this way”
The viewpoint on safety more or less comes down to the same issue, which is the perspective from which you look at things.
For example, when you know you are not working safely, but still continue to work anyway just because of the argument “I’ve always done it this way” it will be just a matter of time that something will go wrong.
Probably the most important question to ask is how people develop such a perspective on safety.