Last week another life was claimed by an accident during a tree felling operation.

The work was being performed by a competent crew in a professional manner, yet… someone died.

This news leaves me feeling raw, upset, at a loss for words, feeling exposed. The truth is that bad calls can have many consequences, most of the time these are not tragic – yet sometimes they are (this as a general observation, I am by no means implying it was the case here). A further truth is that this profession has an inherent degree of risk that any amount of remedial actions cannot mitigate away. Despite having discussed the concept of residual risk many times, an incident such as this really drives this point home.

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the person concerned – in fact to all who have lost a loved one to such an accident.

For everyone else, starting into a new week, I would wish that we be diligent, meticulous in ensuring good calls and look out for each other – to return home safe at the end of the day.