In a variety of industries, the number of people getting fatally injured has not reduced significantly for a number of years (Dekker & Pitzer, 2016; Loud, 2016; Manuele, 2013). This plateauing of workplace deaths suggests that the strategies to achieve progress in preventing major accidents are providing diminishing returns. And so calls for new approaches to safety management have grown (Dekker & Pitzer, 2016; Hollnagel, 2014; Hollnagel, Woods, & Leveson, 2006).
Safety Differently grew from these calls, as researchers began to realize that traditional approaches were growing increasingly inadequate to deal with the complex realities of today’s work (Dekker, 2015; Hollnagel, 2014; Hollnagel, Woods, & Leveson, 2006). Safety Differently seeks to develop a more proactive, productive, and inclusive approach to safety management.