Boats that Fly

(A case against the safety status quo)

The status quo: Most safety programs function like a U.S. Coast Guard boat inspection gone wrong.

  • Add two more fire extinguishers.
  • The anchor is underweight. Get a bigger one. And another for the stern.
  • The engine sounds unbalanced. Double periodic inspections and hire a coolant consultant.
  • The propeller is unguarded. Remove the propeller and use the oars.

There the boat sits. Completely compliant, overweight, and with employees struggling at the oars.

Safety in the next century must put down the checklist and pick up a hammer.

Standing in the middle of the boat, the safety professional must tear off the overweight pieces. Wrench off the port and starboard sides and rivet them on like wings. Toss the anchors and pull that engine onto the deck. Remount that unguarded propeller and push it up into the air. Keep the fire extinguishers…there’s no telling how this engine will perform when you take off and reach 30,000 feet.

Safety with a focus on compliance and risk reduction is dead weight.

Safety with a focus on performance and risk optimization is always welcome.

Boats that fly. Let’s grab hammers.

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