It has been more than a decade since researchers first concluded that traditional efforts to prevent harm in the workplace have been less effective for fatalities than for less severe events. While individual organizations have seen progress, the problem persists at the national level: Workplace fatalities in the US are still on a plateau.
Getting an organization properly geared for SIF prevention requires more time and energy than many are prepared to give. Bold visions like, “SIF-free by 2020” and “Zero Injuries by 2025” become empty platitudes when the resources to achieve them aren’t there. By resources, we mean access to experience, capability, and yes — money.
Experience and Capability Required
The money is the easy part: Experience and capability are harder to develop. Leaders also need an effective SIF improvement strategy, the kind that can only be built from experience. And these being relatively early days, not enough people have access to the right kind of experience in SIF prevention. Organizations also need healthy mechanisms for identifying and eliminating precursors. Healthy mechanisms come from technical and leadership capability. Bottom line, until leaders know what excellence in SIF prevention really looks like, we will continue to struggle on the fatality plateau.
A Worthy Investment
Just as weakness in any of these areas seriously hinders SIF prevention efforts and harms the business, a well-designed SIF prevention effort can deliver business benefits far beyond the central motive — protection of life.
Which could possibly mean that in the near future, someone’s son or daughter returns home from work at the end of a day that would have otherwise ended tragically.
Since 2015, Krause Bell Group has been facilitating collaborative research groups in order to build experience and capability in SIF prevention for every participant’s benefit. More than 100 organizations have shared their experience to date and we have presented numerous findings in public forums. For example, we unveiled 7 levels of SIF Maturity in 2017 and continued to study the model. After our 2019 SIF Maturity validation study, we expanded that to 8 elements.
Assessing Experience, Capability, and Progress
To learn more about the experience and capability linked to the 8 elements of SIF Maturity, and for a general sense of your progress, we invite you to take this short survey. We will send you a brief report within a day or so. For a more accurate assessment and detailed guidance, ask us about our new SIF Maturity Assessment.