January 6, 2011 |

Using TapRooT to Improve Investigations, Stop Fault Finding, Reduce Injuries, & Cut Workers’ Compensation Costs

Skyline Mines is an underground coal mining operation with over 350 employees. Our challenge is to go from a company with a better than average lost time injury and reportable injury rate to an injury free workplace.

In January of 1996 our focus shifted from formal investigation and review of just MSHA reportable injuries to investigation and measurement of all incidents. Prevention efforts were then focused on the elimination of these injury causing events. The underlying principle being that the only difference between a Worker?s Comp. injury, MSHA reportable, or lost time accident was severity and that severity had nothing to do with what had caused the incident. We began to focus more and more on the root causes for the injury causing events.

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