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Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention – 10 Years Later

Our first study on serious injury and fatality prevention revealed that these types of incidents had very different precursors compared to other types of injuries. Now, taking this understanding to the next level, our continued research has shown the need to look at where organizations sit on the SIF Maturity Curve.

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Making the Workplace Safe from COVID-19

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 is of special interest to every organization but of even greater significance for organizations that rely on people to prevent SIF events. Fortunately, these organizations can apply learnings from SIF prevention in their approach to maintaining business continuity. This is important to everyone, but crucial to those organizations that are deemed essential.

Serious Injuries and Fatalities – The Fundamental Problem

In this video, Dr. Tom Krause discusses the disturbing trend first discovered around 2010. While most companies had seen recordable injuries decline, serious and fatal injuries remained level.  Further, strategies that reduced smaller injuries did not have the same impact on serious injuries.  We must continue to rethink how we approach safety improvement in general,…

Hippocratic Oath for Safety Leaders

The Hippocratic Oath was originally written over 2,400 years ago, and meant primarily for the medical profession, but what if safety leaders at all levels committed to a Hippocratic Oath?  What do I mean by ‘safety leaders’?  Anyone in a position to influence safety is a safety leader; this is not meant just for EHS professionals.  How many lives would be saved? How many injuries prevented? How much less pain and suffering would families endure? With some minor edits to the original oath, I’d suggest the following is worth discussing with your leadership teams:

Preventing Serious Injuries and Fatalities Requires Organizational Learning

About ten years ago a global client asked why Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIFs) weren’t declining at the same rate that recordable injuries were. That led to a study drawing on the data of six large organizations. The answers were revealing in many ways. We found that SIFs were structurally different than smaller injuries, precursors…

Does Focusing on SIFs Mean Ignoring Smaller Injuries?

In our book “7 Insights into Safety Leadership,” Tom Krause and I make the point that leaders should start with a focus on preventing serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs). What does it mean to focus on SIFs? What doesn’t it mean? Why is a SIF focus better? First, A Clarification Focusing on SIFs does not mean that smaller injuries are unimportant….

Why a SIF Improvement Strategy is Important for Your Organization

Is your organization still suffering life-altering and fatal injuries even though other types of injuries have improved? If so, you are not alone.  In this video (my first ever video!) I explain why your organization may need a dual strategy for improving safety.  Learn how a clear and separate focus on serious and fatal injuries can make your prevention efforts more effective. Discover how it can help you gain credibility as a safety leader.

3 Questions Board Members Should Ask About Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention

It was 1993 and Paul O’Neill was attending his first board meeting as a Director at one of the largest companies in the world. Just as the meeting was coming to a close, O’Neill asked, “Where is the safety report?” As the story goes, no safety report was planned but the question had profound effects. It set the company on the path to creating safety excellence and embedding safety as a cultural value. Board member influence can do that — uniquely — and it saves lives while creating business value.