March 26, 2012 | Mark Paradies

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Accident Prone … Is it Real?

Here’s an interesting story from The Telegraph (a UK newspaper):

Uk’s most accident-prone place

What do you think? Are some locations more accident prone?

Or is this just an example of interpreting the statistics the way you want to see them?

I notices that the “rates” they used were per 100,000 or per 10,000 people. But is this really the appropriate number?

Shouldn’t the denominator be per the risks encountered?

For example, the driving statistics should be per mile driven. Working at height should be per hours worked at height.

How do you interpret (or misinterpret) your statistics?

Seeing if you can find real trends means understanding how statistics can help uncover problems and how they can be misinterpreted.

Unfortunately, our next Advanced Trending Course is almost a year away (March 18-19, 2013 in Gatilinburg, TN). You can plan to attend it but, in the mean time, read Chapter 5 of your TapRooT® Book (Copyright 2008) and you can start using your statistics more effectively.

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