October 2, 2018

“Red herrings” – the bane of any incident investigator’s life. The evidence that misleads or distracts us from the relevant facts and issues. All Investigators need to be wary that they are not led towards a false conclusion by these common, but potentially very damagi...

March 12, 2018

And with those four words, the wheels were set in motion that would change many lives forever.

It was just after lunch and I had just sat down at my desk when my phone rang.

“I’ve been given your name and number and told you can help me”, said the caller.

“OK. What’s happ...

December 12, 2017

  • Are you a company who is thinking of introducing Safety Wise ICAM Training into your business ? 

  • Are you in a position where you’re faced with the formidable task of investigating significant incidents? 

  • Are you an Approving Officer and worry what you sho...

December 5, 2017

So you’ve done the Incident Cause Analysis Method (ICAM) Training…. and from the feedback we receive, attendees say it was a great course and they learnt some valuable techniques for incident investigation. During the course, of course you listened intently to the Safe...

November 28, 2017

In May 2016 I published an article on LinkedIn in relation to the contents of Incident Investigation Reports. This article compliments that one and provides general advice about writing style.

Collecting the data during an incident investigation is just one part of the...

September 12, 2017

2009… a year that heralded some interesting events and saw some watershed moments that will never be forgotten by some:

  • The worst wildfire in Australia’s history killed 173 people, injured more than a hundred and destroyed more than 900 homes in the state of Victori...

September 5, 2017


Have you ever had one of those “really bad parent” moments that make you question yourself? Well last week, I had a doozy which I’m sharing – not so you can judge me (please, no haters…) but to highlight a really positive experience from a bad e...

August 22, 2017

Kindergarten Learning

My youngest child, Ellie Grace, started Kindy (otherwise known as Prep) in primary school this year. I’m happy to say that she absolutely loves it and has embraced the learning curriculum with avid enthusiasm. With my boys Jacob and James now in Ye...

July 12, 2017

Our new CEO at Safety Wise (Luke Dam) had a chat to me recently while he was finalising our new Business Plan.  The discussion revolved around three questions:

  • What we do? Easy - we deliver Incident Cause Analysis Method (ICAM) related products and services,

  • Ho...

May 22, 2017


The link between near misses and significant events within organisations can sometimes be misunderstood, not considered or go unnoticed. In these cases, the discipline around reporting near miss incidents is inconsistent and undermines a ‘good reporting’ cu...

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