Some of these links are specific books, others are authors who have published several. Note that I haven’t got any affiliations to any authors or any bookstores. This is just a free service. You’re welcome.
Dekker is an academic with a practical bent. He has authored a number of books that are worth reading. Of particular interest is the recent Drift into Failure – a look at how seemingly minor deviations, none of which are ‘unsafe’ can aggregate over time to a more significant failure. http://sidneydekker.com/books/
Well known for his work on accident investigation, Hopkins places a significant emphasis on leadership failings as a pre-cursor to major accidents. Click here for his Amazon author page.
Best known for his ‘swiss cheese model’ of accident causation, James Reason is a psychologist that has published several books on the human involvement in safety.Available here
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Not really safety books, but with strong parallels, particularly for risk management. Taleb is a former market trader and the books focus on risk awareness – with a particular focus on randomness and its impact. Not an easy read, although they get gradually more reader friendly, but some excellent insights. Found here at book depository (sharing the love with Amazon).
A nobel prize winning economist, Kahnemann discusses the psychology of decision making in Thinking, Fast and Slow. Again, not strictly a safety book, but the discussions around heuristics and risk are particularly appropriate. Find it here
Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot
The Tiger That Isn’t is a book about statistics, their use and abuse. This does not sound exciting, but it is very well presented in a readable and interesting style (think Freakonomics rather than text book). Shows how few people understand the numbers that we use and display – a must for anyone that is developing indicators for corporates. http://www.amazon.com/The-Tiger-That-Isnt-Through/dp/1861978391
Not even remotely related to safety, but a couple of books authored by a good friend of mine, so I’m taking the liberty of putting a link in here. There has to be some benefit to owning the site.
Fantasy, sword and sorcery fun.http://angryrobotbooks.com/books/the-waterborne-blade-by-susan-murray/