A recent Health & Safety issue prompted a client's management team to talk themselves into a doomsday scenario where no-one was safe to do anything, anymore. And in an engineering machine shop, this spelt disaster.
"Go down, have a look and talk to the people concerned." I urged. "That will just make it worse, there's no way around it and we'd be forced to take action now." they replied, hoping a blind eye would mitigate the risk.
At my insistence, they acquiesced, returning 20 minutes later with smiles having found a very practical solution.
I like this as an example of how easy it is to talk yourself into a hole, when listening to the right people may just fill in the hole for you.