May 16, 2006 | Mark Paradies

Practice Your Safety Audit Skills

This posting is a great chance to practice your proactive root cause analysis skills on a safety audit.

Here are two pictures of a work site where they are installing windows.



Imagine that you are doing a safety observation audit. What do you see that is being done right? What do you see that is being done wrong? Would you stop the job? How would you provide feedback to the workers?

Now define a “Significant Issue” causal factor. What questions would get a “Yes” when you asked the 15 questions on the Root Cause Tree(R)?

Making some assumptions (because you can’t ask more questions), what root causes do you think you would identify on the back of the Root Cause Tree(R)?

How would you present the results to management?

Post your answers as comments.

If you would like to learn more about performing these types of audits/observations/assessments using an advanced root cause analysis system, attend a 5-Day TapRooT(R) Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team leader Course.

The pictures above were sent by TapRooT(R) User Jeb Montgomery. Thanks Jeb.

If you have pictures or videos of work site audits, unsafe acts, accidents, shortcuts, or at-risk behaviors, please send them to me by e-mail ( I’ll use them on this blog to help teach people ways to improve performance.

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