Ben Hutchinson

National Zero Harm Manager at Downer Utilities

Ben Hutchinson

National Zero Harm Manager at Downer Utilities

Biography

Ben is a qualified HSEQ Manager, Fatigue Specialist and Exercise Physiologist with a focus on adaptive principles.
He’s currently undertaking a part-time PhD in Safety Science.

He has an interest in major hazard disasters (e.g. gas and mining explosions, fatal construction incidents), safety-in-design, Major Hazard Facilities, process safety, fatigue and organisational culture.  His interests include:

– complex adaptive systems, organisational drift, HRO and resilience engineering and the psychology of risk in order to avert major incidents in complex environments.
– using bow-ties and systemic models (e.g. FRAM, AcciMap, STAMP) for reactive/proactive risk management.
– understanding people: how people and groups make sense of situations, make decisions, and socially construct a worldview of risk, focussing on a humanistic and genuine concern for people, respect their adaptive intelligence and build relationships through dialogue—not control.
– how real work occurs and how people adapt to local conditions (work-as-done)—not a fantasy ideal of how work is done (work-as-imagined). We need to focus on normal work, not just failure, and remove barriers to work.

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