Antonio Moreno Ucelay,
Director of the Prevention Service at Iberdrola

A very pleasant, easy-reading book, but that moves you to deep reflections, presenting key questions and making us face ourselves, our commitment to occupational risk prevention, our commitment to life.

Occupational risk prevention is not just an obligation and responsibility for business owners, workers and public officials, nor is it just a set of techniques, procedures and equipment to prevent accidents, nor is it even summarised as proper professional behaviour in controlling risks and protecting against them.

Occupational risk prevention is much more than all of that. It is a personal attitude, a commitment to your company, your colleagues, the people who depend on you or your decisions, your family and loved ones, and yourself. In short, it is a commitment to life: to your own life and to the life of others.

We know that proper work organisation, safe standards, procedures and working equipment, and proper professional training are necessary -even essential-, but they are not enough. It is missing the most important, significant thing: “You”, your desire to do things right, your clear decision not to open the door to a single opportunity for an accident to occur, your absolute conviction that there is nothing more important on the job than your own safety and that of your colleagues.

Nothing justifies the tragedy of a severe accident, nothing can compensate the pain of a destroyed family, nothing is able to bring back joy to those who have lost a loved one. Ensuring that it doesn't happen depends in large part on you. This idea, this underlying reflection, is present and comes through with strength, with vital expression, in this book that you now have in your hands, “The Great Silence”, in which Joan Junyent Dalmases has presented, in colloquial, direct language, with simple but convincing arguments, his long working experience inside a mine, together with a very clear vision of preventing and avoiding accidents.

Without a doubt, a very pleasant, easy-reading book, but that moves you to deep reflections, presenting key questions and making us face ourselves, our commitment to occupational risk prevention, our commitment to life.

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