Category: Performance Improvement

Spreadsheet for Grade Your Investigation Session

July 28th, 2016 by

Download this Excel® Spreadsheet to your laptop or other device to participate in the exercise in the “Grade Your Investigation” Best Practice Session at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit:

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Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Human Error That Should Not Occur

July 25th, 2016 by

This Accident shares a “Call Back” Report from the Aviation Safety Reporting System that is applicable far beyond aviation.

In this case, the pilot was fatigued and just wanted to “get home.” He had a “finish the mission” focus that could have cost him his life. Here’s an excerpt:

I saw nothing of the runway environment…. I had made no mental accommodation to do a missed approach as I just knew that my skills would allow me to land as they had so many times in past years. The only conscious control input that I can recall is leveling at the MDA [Rather than continuing to the DA? –Ed.] while continuing to focus outside the cockpit for the runway environment. It just had to be there! I do not consciously remember looking at the flight instruments as I began…an uncontrolled, unconscious 90-degree turn to the left, still looking for the runway environment.

To read about this near-miss and the lessons learned, see:

http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/docs/cb/cb_436.pdf

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Rickover Quote… About his famous interview techniques ,,,

July 7th, 2016 by

Rickover talking about his famous candidate interviews …

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Is Discipline All That Is Needed?

July 6th, 2016 by

You’ve seen it hundreds of times. Something goes wrong and management starts the witch hunt. WHO is to BLAME?

Is this the best approach to preventing future problems? NO! Not by a long shot. 

We’ve written about the knee-jerk reaction to discipline someone after an accident many times. Here are a few links to some of the better articles:

Let me sum up what we know …

Always do a complete root cause analysis BEFORE you discipline someone for an incident. You will find that most accidents are NOT a result of bad people who lack discipline. Thus, disciplining innocent victims of the systems just leads to uncooperative employees and moral issues.

In the very few cases where discipline is called for after a root cause analysis, you will have the facts to justify the discipline.

For those who need to learn about effective advanced root cause analysis techniques that help you find the real causes of problems, attend out 5-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training. See: http://www.taproot.com/courses

 

Great People Coming to the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit

June 29th, 2016 by

I just went through the attendance list for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit and I was impressed. What a great bunch of people we are having come together in San Antonio!

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For me, as President of System Improvements and one of the creators of the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System, the Summit always seems like old home week or a high school reunion. I get to see some of our clients that have been working hard to save lives, improve quality, and keep their companies from getting a black eye.

We’ve been doing these Summits since 1994 and you might not believe it but, I’ve been learning new and valuable stuff at the Summit every year. 

So for all of you coming to the 2016 Global Summit,

I CAN’T WAIT TO SAY “HOWDY!”

And get caught up on what you have been doing to make the world a better place.

And for those who haven’t signed up yet,

GET HOT!

The Summit is just about a month away (August 1-5). You need to get approval, get registered, and get your travel scheduled.

What? You don’t know why you should attend? You need the knowledge shared at the Summit to …

SAVE LIVES

SAVE YOUR COMPANY $$$

IMPROVE QUALITY

OPTIMIZE ASSETS

Those are business critical topics that you need to make your company best in class.

See the Summit brochure at:

 http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit

See the Summit agenda at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/summit-schedule

If you need more convincing, let me plead with you to attend. Watch this video…

Mark Paradies invites you to the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit from TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis on Vimeo.

Is “Ordering” Improvements Enough?

June 27th, 2016 by

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Can command and control improve safety?

According to this ABC article,  Chinese government has “ordered” improvements in safety. Yet 11 people died in an accident at an Aluminum Corp. of China aluminum plant when equipment they were dismantling fell on them. The article also mentions the chemical explosion that killed 173 people in the port city of Tianjin last year.

What are you doing to improve safety?

Can you or your management “order” improvements?

Perhaps you need to learn root cause analysis and best practices and skills to make your safety program world class?

If you want next year to be better than this year, sign up for the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit in San Antonio, Texas, on August 1-5.

Pick the advanced course that will help you learn the skills you need to to improve your company’s performance.

Then pick the best practice sharing sessions at the Summit that will help you meet the biggest challenges that face your company.

Learn from your peers from around the world (see the LIST here).

Learn from people in your industry and other industries (see the LIST here).

And don’t forget our Summit GUARANTEE:

Attend the Summit and go back to work and use what you’ve learned. If you don’t get at least 10 times the return on your investment, simply return the Summit materials and we’ll refund the entire Summit fee.

With a guarantee like this one, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

What is a “Trend”???

June 22nd, 2016 by

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Have you ever had an accident and someone in management says …

That looks like a bad trend to me.

And you didn’t think it was but you couldn’t prove him wrong?

Have you ever had a regulator tell you that you have problems that look like an adverse trend and you didn’t know how to respond?

Have you ever wondered if a slight improvement in safety statistics is really significant?

Have you ever wondered how long it will take without a significant accident until you can say that performance really has improved?

Have you ever presented trend data and hoped that nobody asked any real questions because you were just making stuff up?

IF YOU DON’T LIKE YOUR ANSWERS TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, you need to attend the TapRooT® Advanced Trending Techniques Pre-Summit Course in San Antonio, TX, on August 1-2.

We only offer this course once a year and anyone interested in learning how to trend safety statistics should attend.

Register at:

http://www.taproot.com/store/2-Day-TapRooT-R-Advanced-Trending-Techniques-Course.html

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Why Arc Flash is Important

June 6th, 2016 by

Electrical energy helps us in many ways, but when it is misused and an arc flash occurs … perhaps this video will help people get the message that arc flash precautions are important!

WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT AT VARIOUS POINTS – DON’T WATCH IF YOU WILL BE UPSET

Want to learn more about arc flash safety? We have a session about it at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit. The session titled “Arc Flash Prevention” is from 1:40-2:50 on Thursday in the Safety Best Practices Track. 

Scott King and Terry Butler will present Employee and contractor protection utilizing general electrical principles as referenced by OSHA and NFPA 70E 2015 guidelines and qualified low voltage safety training.

Learning Objectives for this session include:

  • Provide an overview of the importance of Arc Flash Safety
  • Understanding Electrical Hazards
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Incident Energy Exposure Levels
  • Risk Assessment Analysis
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Safety Training

See the complete 2106 Global TapRooT® Summit schedule at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/summit-schedule

And register for the Summit at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit 

 

 

 

 

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Everyday Hazard Analysis

May 30th, 2016 by

Here is a video with lessons learned about a fatal accident involving equipment (a scissor lift).

But there is an additional lesson that we can learn.

Every worksite should have a supervisor perform a quick Safeguard Analysis before people start work.

In this case, power lines were an obvious hazard (high voltage). And getting equipment with booms or lifts near them would cause the natural Safeguard (distance) to fail. If this Safeguard Analysis had been performed proactively, the worker could have been warned OR the actions (visually warnings and signage) could have been implemented to prevent the fatality.

Don’t wait for a fatality. Use TapRooT® to proactively prevent fatalities.

Would you like to learn to use TapRooT® to look for problems before accident, quality problems, and other failures happen? Then you should attend the upcoming TapRooT® for Audits Course on August 1-2 in San Antonio, Texas (just before the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit on August 3-5). Register here:

 http://www.taproot.com/store/TapRooT-R-1608SANA01-Audits.html

Avoid Known Problem-Solving Weaknesses in Process Improvement with TapRooT® Quality Problem-Solving

May 27th, 2016 by

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Register for this Pre-Summit Course AND the Quality Track at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit and maximize your success!

Can you answer “YES” to any of these six questions?

May 26th, 2016 by

Check out the Slideshare below  If you can answer “YES” to any of the six questions, THIS is the course you are looking for!

 

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Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: The Cost of an Accident – BP Pays Out $56 Billion So Far

May 23rd, 2016 by

The Wall Street Journal announced that BP incurred $56 Billion in expenses from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. And the end is still not in sight.

BP’s CFO said “It’s impossible to come up with an estimate [of future costs].”

Of course, those costs don’t include the lives lost and the negative PR that the company has received. 

How much is a best in class process safety program worth? As BP’s CFO says …

It’s impossible to come up with an estimate.

If you would like to learn best practices to improve your safety performance and make your programs “best in class,” the at ten the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit in San Antonio, Texas, on August 1-5.

What? You say YOUR COMPANY CAN’T AFFORT IT? Can it afford $56 Billion? The investment in your safety program is a pittance compared with the costs of a major accident. Your company should put spending on safety improvement BEFORE other investments … especially in difficult times.

If you are a senior manager, don’t wait for your safety folks to ask to attend the Summit. Send them an e-mail. Tell them you are putting a team together to attend the Summit with you to learn best practices to prevent major accidents. Ask them who would be the best people to include on this team. Then get them all registered fot the Summit.

Remember, the Summit is GUARANTEED

GUARANTEE

Attend the Summit and go back to work and use what you’ve learned.
If you don’t get at least 10 times the return on your investment,
simply return the Summit materials and we’ll refund the entire Summit fee.

Wow! A guaranteed ROI. How can we be so sure that you will return to work with valuable ideas to implement? Because we’ve been hosting these Summits for over 20 years and we know the “best of the best” attend the Summit and we know the value of the ideas they share each year. We’ve heard about the improvements that Summit attendees have implemented. Being proactive is the key to avoiding $56 Billion dollar mistakes.

So don’t wait. Get your folks registered today at:

http://www.taproot.com/taproot-summit/register-for-summit

Root Cause Analysis Tip: Save Time and Effort

May 4th, 2016 by

The Nuclear Energy Institute published a white paper titled:

Reduce Cumulative Impact From the Corrective Action Program

To summarize what is said, the nuclear industry went overboard putting everything including the kitchen sink into their Corrective Action Program, made things too complex, and tried to fix things that should never have been investigated. 

How far overboard did they go? Well, in some cases if you were late to training, a condition report was filed.

For many years we’ve been preaching to our nuclear industry clients to TARGET root cause analysis to actual incidents that could cause real safety or process safety consequences worth stopping. We actually recommend expanding the number of real root cause analyses performed while simplifying the way that root cause analyses were conducted.

Also, we recommended STOPPING wasting time performing worthless apparent cause analyses and generating time wasting corrective actions for problems that really didn’t deserve a fix. They should just be categorized and trended (see out Trending Course if you need to learn more about real trending).

We also wrote a whole new book to help simplify the root cause analysis of low-to-medium risk incidents. It is titled:

Using the Essential TapRooT® Techniquesto Investigate Low-to-Medium Risk Incidents

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 Just published this year, this book is now the basis for our 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course and starting on Thursday will be the standard book in our public 2-Day TapRooT® Courses.

Those who have read the book say that it makes TapRooT® MUCH EASIER for simple investigations. It keeps the advantages of the complete TapRooT® System without the complexity needed for major investigations. 

What’s in the new book? Here’s the Table of Contents:
  

Chapter 1: When is a Basic Investigation Good Enough?

Chapter 2: How to Investigate a Fairly Simple Problem Using the Basic Tools of the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System

  • Find Out What Happened & Draw a SnapCharT®
  • Decision: Stop or More to Learn?
  • Find Causal Factors Using Safeguard Analysis
  • Find Root Causes Using the Root Cause Tree® Diagram
  • Develop Fixes Using the Corrective Action Helper Module
  • Optional Step: Find and Fix Generic Causes
  • What is Left Out of a Basic Investigation to Make it Easy?

Chapter 3: Comparing the Results of a 5-Why Investigation to a Basic TapRooT® Investigation

Appendix A: Quick Reference: How to Perform a Basic TapRooT® Investigation

The TapRooT® Process for simple incidents is just 5 steps and is covered in 50 pages in the book.

If you are looking for a robust techniques that is usable on your simple incidents and for major investigations, LOOK NO FURTHER. The TapRooT® System is the answer.

If you are in the nuclear industry, use TapRooT® to simplify the investigations of low-to-moderate risk incidents.

If you are in some other industry, TapRooT® will help you achieve great results investigating both minor incidents and major accidents with techniques that will help you no matter what level of complexity your investigation requires.

One more question that you might have for us ,,,

How does TapRooT® stay one (or more) steps ahead of the industry?

 That’s easy.

 

  • We work across almost every industry in every continent around the world. 
  • We spend time thinking about all the problems (opportunities for improvement) that we see. 
  • We work with some really smart TapRooT® Users around the world that are part of our TapRooT® Advisory Board. 
  • We organize and attend the annual Global TapRooT® Summit and collect best practices from around the world.

 We then put all this knowledge to work to find ways to keep TapRooT® and our clients at the leading edge of root cause analysis and performance improvement excellence. We work hard, think hard, and each year keep making the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System better and easier to use.

If you want to reduce the cumulative impact of your corrective action program, get the latest TapRooT® Book and attend our new 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course. You will be glad to get great results while saving time and effort.

 

 

 

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