Inspired by an Irish incident our case-study explores how failings in judgement, and failure to uphold a safe system of work, can lead to a workplace fatality. We meet an operative Brendan and his manager Kevin, both of whom are hard-working and well-intentioned. Yet through their actions, and inaction, play key roles in events that lead to the incident and disastrous consequences for their colleague.

Through live interaction and facilitated discussion we explore how factors line up, behaviours merge and signals are missed leading to tragic consequences for a hard-working family man whose ‘death has cast
a shadow over the company forever’.

This workshop is interactive and facilitation can be tailored to suit your groups at management or operative levels.

Ownership of Safety | Risk Awareness | Workplace Stress | Culture


BRENDAN: Okay. So why weren't the pallets removed from the racking above?

KEVIN: I don't know.

BRENDAN: And what was the safe working load?

KEVIN: I'm not 100% sure. It should have been marked on the racking.

BRENDAN: It wasn't.

KEVIN: You sure?

Brendan nods

BRENDAN: This isn't all down to me.

KEVIN: He has two boys.


KEVIN: Tom. He's got... he had two young lads.

Brendan holds his head in his hands

KEVIN: I shouldn't have mentioned that. Sorry.

BRENDAN: No you're right.

KEVIN: That was low.

BRENDAN: I murdered him didn't I?

KEVIN: It was an accident.

BRENDAN: I wasn't confident. I thought I'd be okay once I got used to the place. It's all gone... now. When I was shifting the pallets I thought maybe I'd got too close to the beam, I just couldn't tell. My head is bursting.