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Friday, February 5

 2016 FSY Week 006 - Be Zen

Friends/PengYiu,

Hope you’re having a good week!

As always, please join me in advocating – Make Money & Love Safety

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Quick Quotable

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”~~~~ Maya Angelou

Today Sharing:

Safety Signs or Posters that warn of an upcoming curve, school zones, children playing or MIND THE GAP between the platform and train, the cardboard policeman and also at many workplaces. All these traditional static warning signs and posters litter our sides of our roadways, trains and workplaces to the point where they have just become white noises.

Often placed arbitrarily, many warning signs and posters can be extremely expensive to install that are erected more for their ability to shield the companies from liability than to improve public safety.

Ignored by workers, pedestrians, drivers and commuters and not supported by scientific research, other than a few limited and well-planned exceptions, there seems to be little reason for most traditional safety hazard signs and posters.

Aside from the possibility that static safety hazard signs and posters, by their nature, may simply be an ineffective way to control people (workers, commuters, pedestrians or drivers) behaviour, there might be two other problems of over-signage and arbitrary placements. As you will notice, we have too many signs posted at potentially inappropriate locations inside our MRTs where the hazard is rarely present and can desensitize commuters.

By the way, the gap between the train and platform in Singapore are narrower than that of the old tube in London and subway in New York!

Perhaps surprisingly, the reason with so many signs in inappropriate locations is due to the fact that the decision-making processes for their placements are vague and arbitrary at best. In fact, most have not done any evaluation of the effectiveness of static signs warning of occasional hazards.

So why do they put up the signs? Tort liability and litigation have an important role in the decision to place the safety signs of infrequent hazards.

All that said, there is some evidence that in certain situations, judiciously adding safety signs can reduce accidents. How? 

Here are a few unique factors that may explain the differences:

1. Few signs have been posted.
2. The workplace or the environment are particularly treacherous.
3. Most importantly, significant thoughts and researches went into the placement of each sign.
4. Education and induction, and the way we are brought up.
5. Safety signs and posters should be rotated regularly.

If your mind and eyes are not on the task at hands, an accident happens regardless of how many safety signs and posters you have installed.

Here are a few examples:

In Singapore – A man who was trapped in the gap at the train platform of Bugis MRT station on Sunday

http://www.straitstimes.com/…/mans-leg-trapped-in-train-pla…

http://news.asiaone.com/…/…/Story/A1Story20120614-352798.htm

Acknowledgements

My FSY’s sharing is unscientifically and some are contributed by wife & children, friends, acquaintances.

I write and share things that matter to me. I understand that everyone have their own opinions, views, & thoughts. There are no right or wrong answers. Nothing is true or untrue, most facts and data can be twisted to your favour.

To the authors, contributors and original sources, my thanks and where appropriate my apologies if I forget to quote your names.