Zero vision and a Western salvation narrative

Dekker, Sidney W. A., Long, Robert and Wybo, Jean-Luc (2016) Zero vision and a Western salvation narrative. Safety Science, 88 219-223. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2015.11.016

Author Dekker, Sidney W. A.
Long, Robert
Wybo, Jean-Luc
Title Zero vision and a Western salvation narrative
Journal name Safety Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-1042
Publication date 2016-10
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ssci.2015.11.016
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 88
Start page 219
End page 223
Total pages 5
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This paper sets the zero accident vision in the historical–cultural context of a Western salvation narrative, which suggests that a world without suffering is desirable and achievable. Tracing the development of what is an archetype in our thinking, it shows how a Western ethic typically ascribes moral responsibility for suffering (and its avoidance) to individuals’ choices. If taken literally into a ZAV then this can paradoxically produce new kinds of suffering—for example, the sanctioning of workers involved in incidents. It can also create an illusory world without suffering by making suffering disappear from view (e.g., hiding incidents/injuries). Alternative readings of ZAV might suggest that suffering is inevitable and universal, and that human moral choice should focus on efforts to relieve its effects, rather than pretend that it can eradicate its causes.
Keyword Zero vision
Workplace safety
Human error
Second victim
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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