“Safe by Accident? is a must read for the manager involved in creating a sustainable safety culture. This book focuses on leadership and provides a framework to help change the practices we have all used that seem reasonable but are really roadblocks to improved performance. The behavior analysis presented in this book is a welcome addition to the leader’s toolkit; it gets to the core of why sustainable culture change is difficult and provides a methodology for continuous improvement. I highly recommend this book and have added it to my required reading collection for new managers.”

Edward J. Vanyo, Jr.
Nestle Purina PetCare
Vice President, Quality Assurance


“This is the most practical safety management text I have ever read. It provides a great roadmap for managing safety performance using sound, proven behavioral science principles. The book does an excellent job of explaining why many old, traditional tools do not produce desired results and suggests alternative approaches for achieving higher levels of performance. This is a must read for anyone in a leadership role with the ability to influence safety performance.”

Robert M. Johnston
Malt-O-Meal Company

Director Health, Safety, Environment and Security


Safe by Accident? is the thinking safety professional’s guide to reducing incidents and building culture. The book delves far deeper than much of the available guidance and literature.   This is in part due to the authors’ extensive background in the scientific underpinnings of human behavior.  Daniels and Agnew are not afraid to debunk common safety myths and to pose tough questions.  They even suggest that some common safety management practices used with the best of intentions may actually be counter-productive to the development of a high-performance safety culture. 
Evelyn Sacks
Veteran Writer in the fields of Occupational Safety, Health, and Wellness