[SB] As injury prevention researchers, policymakers, and practitioners our work is most often successful when it isn’t noticeable – when safety measures are working and people are safe. As a result, our work is often rendered socially invisible until safety measures fail. The Grenfell Tower fire (June 2017) has, unfortunately and tragically, brought our oft-hidden or obscured work into stark relief. As Monbiot writes in The Guardian “with Grenfell Tower, we’ve seen what ‘ripping up red tape’ really looks like”. Correspondingly, Pless stated here in Injury Prevention in 1999, “what is clear, however, is that horrible events…are doubly tragic if they fail to teach vitally important lessons about safety”. The outcome we seek – a safe society – is too important not to engage in this way.
As such, I am republishing a piece from The Conversation, Grenfell: a year on, here’s what we know went wrong by Konstantinos Daniel Tsavdaridis, University of Leeds here.