April 23, 2010 | Mark Paradies

Losses & Bad Press: Reasons to Invest in Proactive Improvement & Good Root Cause Analysis

Every year, society expects better performance and decreased risk in industrial operations. What once was acceptable or at least expected (an occasional oil rig well blowout or a coal mine explosion), is now totally unacceptable. These types of accident ruin a company’s reputation and put their “franchise” to continue to do business at risk. They may even damage a whole industry (the good companies will suffer with those who caused the accident because of a blanket of new, inefficient regulations that are aimed at getting the worst players to improve, but require large amounts of paperwork from those who are not causing problems).

So, does management need to invest in proactive improvement and advanced root cause analysis?


Almost every major accident could have been prevented by applying already known best practices.

Not only that, but most major accidents are preceded by warning signs that can be detected proactively or by observing pre-accident near-misses. A company can then apply advanced root cause analysis to find and fix the root causes of the problems and thus prevent major accidents. Many companies already do this to successfully avoid tragic, multi-fatality accidents.

So management does NOT have a rig (or a facility) catch fire and appear on the evening news. Management does not have to have their mine explode. Management doesn’t have to have their operations generate headlines in the New York Times that give the whole industry a black eye:


I think everyone would agree that the loss of lives, property, and reputation are completely unacceptable. The problem is getting management to see the problems BEFORE a major accident occurs.

Maybe you should get some of your key managers to attend the TapRooT® Summit?

The Summit is a great place to get management to see that accident can happen anywhere that proactive action is not taken to stop them. They can talk to other senior managers and become more focussed on proactive improvement efforts. They can become inspired to make safety, quality, and environmental performance at your company an example for the rest of industry to follow. And they can network with safety, quality, human performance, equipment reliability, patient safety, and performance improvement experts from around the world.

Don’t miss this opportunity to AVOID unacceptable losses by getting your management to become the performance improvement leaders in your industry.

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