Author:brian-darlington

Envisioning through semiotics

Envisioning through semiotics 20th Aug 2021 Our columnist visits two Polish cities and discovers a rotating deer head in a church, which makes him reflect on the importance of paying attention … Recently I visited two medieval cities in the northern part of Poland, Chelmno and Torun (both bordering the Vistula River, which runs through parts of the country). In the 13th century, the State of the Teutonic Order emerged in this area, with its knights setting up and ruling […]

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Envisioning through semiotics – a flight between Vienna and Casablanca

Envisioning through semiotics – a flight between Vienna and Casablanca 17th Jun 2021 Our columnist took a walk in the gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna to reflect on signs and symbols, and to interpret the thoughts conveyed by the sculptures of the time. This excursion led to an unexpected sight, however, which had its own teachings to offer. The gardens of the palace, including the parterre, which has 32 large sculptures along both sides, is a fantastic place […]

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Signs and symbols: are we overdoing it?

Signs and symbols: are we overdoing it? 15th Apr 2021 After an outing to Stadtpark, determined to write an article on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster investigation, our columnist decided to change the topic to signs and symbols in the workplace. I woke up early on the final day of February, a Sunday. With Covid restrictions still very much in place across Europe, and knowing that I needed to write the next article for my column, I decided to put my […]

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Learning from the Hudson River landing

Learning from the Hudson River landing 24th Feb 2021 After watching the film Sully, which is based on the real-life investigation into a water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in 2009, our columnist once again notes the importance of putting people first. The plane (an Airbus A320) was en route from New York City to North Carolina when it struck a flock of Canadian Geese (an event known as a bird strike) shortly after take-off from LaGuardia airport. As […]

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Do we care enough?

Do we care enough? 17th Dec 2020 His experience with medical professionals who were caring for his late wife led BRIAN DARLINGTON to ponder: within the field of health and safety, do we care enough? On 2 June 2011, my late wife Bela was seriously injured in an accident. Fighting for her life, she was airlifted to a neurological hospital in Austria. She had sustained numerous fractures to her face and head and was in a coma for a while. […]

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Food for thought

Food for thought 8th Oct 2020 While strolling through the natural forests surrounding Vienna, SHEQ MANAGEMENT columnist Brian Darlington reflected on the orthodox approach to health and safety, while realising that it has to change One Saturday not long ago, I decided to take a walk around Vienna – with my mental sight set on semiotics and how the signs and symbols reveal aspects of the culture that we experience. My mind wandered off this objective, however, as I took […]

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Lessons from a semiotic walk on the Danube Island

Lessons from a semiotic walk on the Danube Island 17th Aug 2020 A stroll on the Danube Island leads our columnist to ponder the significance and use of signs and symbols The lockdown in Austria had started to come to an end and, since it was a public holiday, the sun was shining and the temperature was around 28°C, I decided to take a walk on the Donauinsel (Danube Island). The objective was to practise my skills in identifying and […]

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Our world is not your ashtray!

Our world is not your ashtray! 31st Jul 2020 Our columnist’s blood boils when he sees cigarette butts lying on the ground. He says that this is a “wicked problem”, involving habit and addiction – so it’s incredibly hard to solve … In one of my previous posts on LinkedIn, I wrote about how crazy it is for governments to try to control people’s smoking habit during the lockdown by banning the sale of cigarettes. I stand by my comment […]

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Do we listen with intent?

A chance encounter with an Australian led our columnist to ponder the importance of listening with intent – and not just hearing. He writes that the implications for safety can be significant … I recently returned from a trip to Canberra, the capital city of Australia, where I spent two weeks as part of research that I was carrying out. Having some free time over a weekend, I decided to visit the Australian War Museum, then take a walk through […]

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The unsafe “in-group” on our roads

The more people break the rules of the road, the more tolerant others become of at-risk behaviour, and in time they, too, start to break the rules. To combat the scourge, company leaders should make a concerted effort to raise awareness of road safety, says BRIAN DARLINGTON In 2017 I wrote an article titled: Not having to flip that switch, after spending two hours driving on the N2 highway between King Shaka Airport and Richards Bay. The article focused on […]

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