May 20, 2009 | Mark Paradies

Three Dead in Two Accidents

More deaths in accidents that didn’t have to happen.

One was a double fatality when a front loader crushed them.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/45446187.html

The other was a construction industry accident:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/729CBB4A541C9DA5862575BC00104FC7?OpenDocument

Why do I say that these accidents didn’t have to happen? Because when you apply advanced root cause analysis after an accident, you almost always find multiple best practices that, if they had been applied before the accidents, could have prevented the accident.

Also, a proactive audit, observation, near-miss program using advanced root cause analysis could have identified and fixed these problems BEFORE the accident occurred.

These facts make needless deaths all the more tragic.

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