SERIOUS INJURIES & FATALITIES
The Heart of Safety Improvements Strategy
About ten years ago, we received a call from the corporate safety director of a global organization who was concerned about a disturbing pattern in their data: Recordable injuries were declining steadily, but serious and fatal injuries were level. They asked us to research potential causes for this difference and develop a new paradigm for understanding serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs). The analysis changed our thinking about how we approach serious injuries and fatalities. Most importantly, we began to see that safety leadership should begin with attention to SIFs.
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A New Paradigm in Addressing SIFs
About 10 years ago, we began to hear from clients who had been experiencing very low recordable injury rates over long periods of time, but who had been blindsided by a serious injury or fatality, or both. We observed that these were not isolated cases, they were part of a national trend in which recordable and lost time injuries were declining steadily year-to-year, while serious injuries and fatalities appeared to be level or in some cases increasing. We met with a group of seven global companies to see if we could understand the problem and develop strategies to address it. This collaborative effort generated new insights for the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities with huge implications for industry.
Chapter 2: Safety Leadership Starts with Attention to Serious Injuries and Fatalities
The traditional view that preventing smaller injuries will lead to preventing larger ones has been shown to be false. The second insight into safety excellence is that safety leadership should begin with attention to serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs). In this chapter, you will find that the reason for this is strategic, compassionate, and research-based.
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