Safety Innovation Summit

Register now for this Free event.  Forge Works Safety Innovation Summit to be held on the 28th April (Australia and Asia), 27th April (Americas, Europe, Africa).  Last February just before the COVID-19 global shut-down we were very fortunate to host Prof. Erik Hollnagel for a Safety II in Practice Workshop in Brisbane.  At this time we committed to an annual event and so here we are – albeit this time a virtual event.

The 28th of April each year is the World Day for Safety and Health at work promoted globally by the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).  Established in 2003, although since 1996 this same date has been recognised by the worldwide trade union movement as the commemoration day for fatally injured workers.  It is estimated globally that approximately 5000 people lose their lives everyday at work, we all need to do more.

Our mission at Forge Works and our subsidiary Safety Futures, is simply and impact-fully to ‘improve the safety of work’.  To support our mission, this year we are hosting a Free virtual Safety Innovation Summit and have arranged an awesome selection of global safety thought leaders and practitioners to present their latest ideas and practical solutions.  We will be announcing speakers progressively over the coming weeks.  We have engaged media production company CMS Australasia to ensure this will be no ordinary Zoom meeting and an interactive experience for all participants.

Register your details below and lock the times into your calendar and we will send you joining details closer to the event date:

AEST:  8am – 3pm (28/4)

PDT: 3pm – 10pm (4/27)

BST/GMT: 11pm – 6am (27/4)

Confirmed Speakers

Fred Sherratt
The Zero Paradox: why aiming for nothing won’t get you there

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Tackling the biggest number in occupational safety, Dr Fred Sherratt unpacks Zero-focused safety programmes to reveal the problems and paradoxes they inevitably create.  Drawing on theory and empirical data from the UK, Fred explores why utopian thinking matters, but argues that how we do Zero in real life matters even more.

John Green
Where am I and what time is it?

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a review of implementing (and sometimes not implementing) safety change programmes across the globe. The pitfalls and opportunities brought by the fortunes of timing and the vagaries of cultures.

Linda Martin
The Case for Beyond Resilience: Anti-Fragile Safety

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Anti-fragile safety challenges organizations to strive for beyond resilience and robustness, into the realm of embracing randomness and uncertainty to constantly improve before, during, and after shock-events.

Todd Conklin
Bouncing Forward

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Deirdre Lewis
Bumbling Forward

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Putting theory into practice is challenging even when it makes overwhelming sense to do so.  A practitioners perspective on a voyage of discovery and learning, changing your own mindset, being vulnerable and the joy that brings to work as you are doing it.

Beth Lay
Implementing Safety Differently, Lewis Tree Service

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Ron Gantt
From Auditing Safety to Facilitating Resilience - A Case Study

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In this case study Ron will discuss work he’s doing in the construction industry with a client that wanted to rethink the way they were doing safety management assessments and audits. Instead of doing the same old things like judging sites to identify what they are doing wrong and giving them a score that no one agrees with, this organization wanted to create something that actually added value to the job sites and the greater operating group. So they developed a new, more collaborative process designed to learn from work and improve operational resilience that they piloted on one of their large projects. This presentation will discuss what they found.

Jim Marinus
Getting smarter and still cynically optimistic

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Cam Stevens
Technology & The Safety of Work: Insights from 119 technology deployments

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In this session, Cameron will discuss insights gained from over 100 enterprise technology deployments that he has supported over the past 18 months. Insights including the role of safety professionals in the technology deployment process, the relationship between safety and information technology teams and thoughts on how to develop technology-supported safety innovation strategy. We are excited to learn more from the cutting edge about how technology can improve the Safety of Work.

Ralph Shreeve
Investing in Supervisors

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Executives and functional leaders make safety possible, but it is front line leaders who actually make it happen.  Developing the  capabilities of your frontline supervisors and managers is the most important investment in safety you can make!