November 20, 2019 | Mark Paradies

Rise of Significant Injuries and Fatalities

Fatality and significant injury

Have You Noticed a Rise in Significant Injuries and Fatalities?

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I saw an online article about a rise in significant injuries and fatalities in the workplace. However, the writer didn’t include any statistics demonstrating a rise in significant workplace injuries or fatalities. That made me wonder if the rise was really happening and exactly what could cause such a rise.

Usually, a rise in serious workplace injuries (significant injuries and fatalities) is caused by a rise in the work that has a significant hazard.

For example, if you double the work performed where the most serious lost-time injuries occur, what would you expect? That’s right! A rise in significant injuries and fatalities.

And if you subcontracted out your most dangerous work, what would you expect? Your significant injuries and fatalities would go down (and your contractor’s significant injuries and fatalities would go up).

What can you do to change the number of significant injuries and fatalities?

Besides changing the risk of the work being performed (which is a great idea if you can do it), what can you do to reduce the number of significant injuries and fatalities?

1. Identify and fix the root causes of significant injuries and fatalities at your company.

2. Identify and fix the root causes of precursors to significant injuries and fatalities at your company.

3. Start a proactive program to audit/assess the areas with the most risk at your company.

4. Get supervisors to do pre-job hazard analysis of the work with the most risk and do a thorough pre-job brief for workers before they start work.

When it comes to finding the root causes of major injuries or fatalities, precursor incidents, audits/assessments, or to help supervisors perform better pre-job hazard analysis, you should be using TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis.

Why should you use TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis?

Because it meets all the requirements of the fundamentals of root cause analysis.

And TapRooT® Training is guaranteed:

Attend the training, go back to work, and use what you have learned to analyze accidents, incidents, near-misses, equipment failures, operating issues, or quality problems. If you don’t find root causes that you previously would have overlooked and if you and your management don’t agree that the corrective actions that you recommend are much more effective, just return your course materials/software and we will refund the entire course fee.

Now is the Time to Start Improving!

If you are ready to start decreasing significant injuries and fatalities, now is the time to start using TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis.

Attend one of our public TapRooT® Courses. See the dates and locations HERE.

Or schedule a course at your site. Get a quote by contacting us at THIS LINK.

Get your folks trained today!

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2 Replies to “Rise of Significant Injuries and Fatalities”

  • Matthew J Deluhery says:

    In 2006, we developed a specific list of Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) precursors – 10 job duties that had resulted and would continue to result in the highest risk of fatality or life-altering injuries within our company. By reviewing past injury and worker compensation costs, previous fatalities, and specific action group tasked with the development of this SIF list.
    This was ultimately incorporated into those injuries and near misses that would have a complete TapRooT investigation, list of corrective actions, and presentation to senior leadership to address the root causes. SIF precursors that resulted in injuries or near misses (chemical releases, lock-out/tag-out, excavation, traffic control, etc) automatically raised the incident to the level of investigation that resulted in a TapRooT within 30 days and presentation within 45 days. Corrective action were targeted for completion within 30 days of approval.

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