by Zoe Drew, Director HCS Safety

Sometimes events occur and the effects are very hard to predict. The fatal air accident involving the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft this weekend is such event in more ways than one.

The aircraft was carrying people from 157 people from 32 different nationalities. Each one of them will have family, friends, work colleagues and a wider circle of lives and consequences what will be changed forever as a result of this tragic event.

At the time of writing, China and The Cayman Islands have grounded their Max 8 aircraft. All over the world, fleet managers, mechanical engineers and any decision maker who has recently taken delivery of one of these craft will now have their focus shifted to trying to make the right decision in this challenging situation.

Closer to home, we often talk about the ripple effect in relation to workplace accidents – how a single second event can affect a large number of people in many ways, sometimes forever. This is also true of course for ill health effects. Serious illnesses can have the same far reaching consequences that extend way beyond the sufferer.

In terms of the air crash, 22 of the passengers on board were en route to a UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi. At this time of cliff edges and exponential effects on the climate, only history will be able to tell us what essential changes may have been delayed, cancelled or altered by the effect on this vital conference.

What relationships will be forever altered, what focuses will change, what calls will not be made because priorities will have suddenly shifted?

To understand more about how incidents, accidents and ill health can impact lives and businesses, get in touch with us at HCS Safety to see how we can help prevent these events and minimize the consequences.

A visit to your company to see how we can assist you is free of charge and may just be the best way of finding out what you need to do to manage your workplace risks effectively.

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