Troubador Safety Fables for Today

Released: 28/04/2022

ISBN: 9781800465510

Format: Paperback

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Safety Fables for Today

Traditional Tales with Modern Meaning


Putting a modern spin on some childhood stories, Safety Fables for Today introduces Zac and the Beanstalk, cautioning against dropped objects and falls from height; a Perilous Porridge Pot, overflowing with oats and useful insights on preventing loss of containment; a Super-Sized Swede presenting big manual handling challenges, and updated versions of many other familiar tales too.

In embarking upon this journey, Laura J Cahill draws on the power of storytelling, helped by a liberal sprinkling of fairy dust and the company of some fictional folk along the way, providing fresh thought for those seeking to properly manage their activities, and a gentle bedtime read for anyone else with a passing interest in the field of health and safety.

Needless to say, there’s more to these tales and their characters than first meets the eye – not least because of the insights they offer to organisations seeking to control real-world risks, reinvigorate health and safety agendas, and secure happy endings of their own. Through understanding the messages conveyed by these fictional players and addressing these within their own workplace settings, readers can play their part in ensuring that beyond simply living happily, workers remain injury-free, enjoy good health, and live safely ever after too.

27/04/22 - good to get a little mention for my book on Magic Radio by Simon Phillips on his show 'The Home Run' today, ahead of its official publication date tomorrow!

14/05/22 - was lucky enough to get hold of tickets for Gyles Brandreth's excellent 'Break a Leg' tour at Dorking Halls this weekend, and luckier still to meet the man himself, to hand over a copy of my recently published book, 'Safety Fables for Today'. Gyles and his wife generously took time out of their busy schedule to chat with my Mum and me during the interval - our first visit to a theatre in over two years - which made it extra special for us.

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Laura J Cahill

As a health and safety manager of over twenty years' standing, Laura's career to date has spanned the utilities, oil & gas, and rail sectors, a track record which has allowed her to observe first-hand a diverse range of operational locations and activities. This breadth of experience has given Laura an appreciation of the varied, and sometimes unique, circumstances organisations can encounter, as well as informing her view that many of the challenges they face are universal.

With a clear goal of keeping people and workplaces safe, Laura assists organisations by providing them with the tools they need to get the right messages to the right people at the right time, as well as providing practical no-nonsense advice. Her approach is built upon a combination of rich insights gained from talking to sharp-end workers - who variously lay utility pipes, keep substances contained, and move trains around the rail network - together with others gleaned from conversations with managers and senior leaders who head up organisations. Laura draws upon these insights to design and deliver workplace systems, procedures and risk initiatives which enable organisations, and those who work for them, to do safety brilliantly.

Laura is a member of a number of professional bodies, including the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF), and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). It was her desire to take a different perspective from that adopted by some of the more conventional health and safety texts, coupled with a long-held love of the English language, which provided the impetus for Safety Fables for Today, Laura's first book.

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