33 years ago, there 53 people lost their lives after going to watch a their local sports team.

The outcome of that day isn’t one anyone should have to endure. All big fires start small, but it’s likely to be unfathomable to those caught out on that day that a grandstand could be so susceptible to a small fire causing it to engulf in that manner. It isn’t their job to ensure the venue was safe for them to attend. It’s completely reasonable that they would think they’ll be able to just go there and then return home after the game.

So while it’s unfortunate that the event happened, and no one on earth can undo the losses that had been sustained by the individuals and their families, the best way we can honour them is to make sure we have learnt from their pain and loss. We need to make sure we take ownership of what is within our control.

If we stop and clean up waste, litter or rubbish build up in our work area, how much less likely would a fire start?

If we as security workers make sure we follow protocol and search someone properly when we’ve been trained and authorised to do so instead of just “going through the motions” would we reduce the contraband in our workplace?

If we made sure the boxes of chips or drinks for our hamburger stand were not obstructing access for  workers and patrons to get up stairs and corridors would this help others?

I’m not saying these issues were the ones that led to the Bradford event’s outcomes. I’m highlighting that all of us can do a better job to focus on protecting others by think about how our actions may help or hinder those around us.

The difference between helping and hindering is so often absolutely no increase in workload… so lets just help each other.