Re: [SystemSafety] Shark!

From: Chris Hills < >
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2015 12:21:26 +0100

Safety is based on maths.

People and films OTOH are emotive.  

After 9/11 many Americans would not fly the Atlantic for a while despite the attacks being staged from US domestic flights.  

After the Liam Neeson Film "Taken" (about 2 US students being abducted in Paris) large numbers of US students, or more probably their parents on their behalf, decided not to do a European Trip.  

Films are designed to play on fears and emotions also the suspension of disbelief. The problem is that people often believe films over history. (Saving Private Ryan for example). No matter how many charts and sensible articles you write about sharks "they have seen what a Great White can do to a boat.."  

I am sure that if you got a Hollywood team to do a film you could worry people about chair safety.. Though I am not sure how you would work in the obligatory car chase.    



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From: systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx
[mailto:systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx Inge, James Mr
Sent: 08 July 2015 09:43
To: 'systemsafety_at_xxxxxx Subject: Re: [SystemSafety] Shark!  

My local zoo has a poster in its aquarium, quoting a statistic about fatal shark attacks, compared to deaths caused by chairs. I can't remember the precise numbers, but it is something like half a dozen shark related deaths annually, compared to hundreds caused by homicidal furniture. The International Shark Attack File quotes 497 confirmed fatal shark attacks worldwide, over the last 435 years.  

Now that Hollywood has successfully warned the world about sharks, how can we persuade them to do such a sterling effort to get the word out about seating? ;-)  

More fun shark attack statistics at  



From: systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx
[mailto:systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx Les Chambers
Sent: 08 July 2015 06:28
To: systemsafety_at_xxxxxx Subject: [SystemSafety] Shark!  

Tis the 40th anniversary of the movie Jaws. The script writer is giving interviews. It turns out the movie made many people shark-risk-aware. Some didn't go near a swimming pool for years after. But one comment resonated. Words to the effect of:

"Why did those victims go into the water? Couldn't they hear the music?"

More support for the fundamental axiom of hazard analysis:

"Some things only become clear, later on."



Les Chambers
Chambers & Associates Pty Ltd


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