New Approaches to Reducing Serious Injuries, Fatalities and High Potential Events

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Executive Summary

After more than two decades of attempts to reduce workplace fatalities, the average decrease in such events has been very low compared to the average decrease in workplace injuries. This is a major concern for EHS managers, as it shows that traditional approaches have not had a similar and significant impact on reducing workplace fatalities. This report aims to provide EHS managers with a new analysis of influencing factors, provide insights into new approaches to reducing these fatalities and serious injuries, and suggest technologies that can aid in this endeavour. 

Table of contents

Firms Focus On New Mitigation Strategies As Historical Approaches Fall Short  
Old Versus New Views Of Serious Injuries, Fatalities And High-Potential Events
Technology Underpins Effective Mitigation Of Serious Injuries, Fatalities And High-Potential Events  
Technology Solutions That Address Situational Risks From Worker-Machine Interactions
Technology Solutions That Address Systemic Risks
Industry Risk-Level Categorization Helps Firms Align Resources In Tackling Serious Injuries, Fatalities And High-Potential Events

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Figure 1. Heinrich’s Safety Triangle
Figure 2. Prioritization Scenarios Based On Industry Risk Category 

About the authors

Bill Pennington

Senior Analyst

Bill is a Senior Analyst covering Verdantix research on applications EHS software, best practices and innovative technologies. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

Kel Udeala

Industry Analyst

Kel is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice covering research in industrial wearables and EHS software. His current agenda focuses on emerging industrial wearable technologies, strategic focus for justifying budgets for industrial wearables and best practices for deployment. He holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from University College London and an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering from Brunel University London.

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