Workplace deaths are always tragic for those left behind, whether family, workmates or those emergency responders needing to pick up the pieces.

I’m not a fan of the Zero Harm concept given its linked more to the reduction of reporting than to increase in efforts to fix hazards. But it is still important to try and always learn from what went wrong.

It does amaze me that despite ubiquitous deaths where a seat belt would have saved a life we still need to remind people that failing to wear them rarely has a good reason that outweighs the reduced risk. There is so much evidence that they’re effective.

Please – don’t play Russian Roulette with the pain you’ll inflict on others because of a perceived inconvenience wearing a device that is so effective at saving lives.

Miner’s memorial – on this day