Investigating safety incidents after they occur can be an effective practice to prevent future incidents. Root cause analyses of incidents identify gaps in an organization’s safety systems so that they can be fixed.
However, there are three significant flaws in only focusing on reactive incident analysis: First, it’s costly; second, it sends a negative message to your employees; and third, as your incident rate improves, you have fewer and fewer data points to analyze. There is a better way. Stop just reacting to safety incidents and other lagging indicator data, and start predicting and preventing safety incidents through the use of leading indicator safety data analytic.
Use leading indicators to improve safety performance and prevent accidents and injuries. Being proactive about predicting and preventing safety incidents through the use of leading indicator safety data analytics is the best way to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.
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Factors that contribute to the successful use of leading indicators, including:
- Executive buy-in regarding the value of leading indicators,
- Communication about the predictive value of leading indicators by safety and corporate leaders,
- Technology to track leading indicators,
- A proactive safety mindset, and
- Linking leading indicators with safety.