SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

Getting to the Real Root Cause of Risk at a Global Company

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

WebinarDo any of the following apply to your company right now?

  • You have comprehensive safety policies and procedures…but your incident rate is too high
  • You have a great set of safety training programs…but you’ve recently had some recordable injuries that could have been prevented
  • You provide employees with the best possible PPE…but you still have employees who take shortcuts and don’t wear it properly or consistently
  • You tell supervisors every day that safety is a top priority…but they don’t really take ownership for safety

If you replied “yes” to many of these, you are not alone. Many organizations are in the same situation. They are doing everything they can, but their injury rates and safety culture don’t seem to improve in a sustainable way. Why is this the case? Because those things are simply not enough – research now shows you must also look at the role of the individual and their safety-related traits in order to get at the root cause of risk in your organization.

Regardless of the environment, training, and tools that we provide to our employees and leaders, they are ultimately the ones who must calculate the risk and decide whether it is acceptable. While everyone can be trained on safe work practices, individuals can show many differences in how they respond to certain situations, depending on their unique experiences, traits, abilities, and attitudes related to safety.

But what exactly are these differences in individuals? How can you identify those individuals who tend to be more at-risk, or put their employees at risk? And most importantly, how can an organization use this information to actually improve safety?

We explored these topics in a webinar on June 24th* with Todd Shingleton, Corporate Director of Safety, Environment & Labor Relations at Wabtec Corp., a Fortune 1000 company in the Rail, Transit and Transportation industries.

The webinar discussed how Wabtec is focusing on the root cause of risk – people’s SafetyDNA – to improve safety culture and performance using innovative applications. Specifically, we talked about:

  • The key psychological factors that influence risk, and how they impact risk assessment
  • How Wabtec is utilizing these psychological factors to develop a data-driven and balanced set of leading indicators to assess risk across their sites
  • Supervisors’ role in safety, and how the organization is measuring and developing safety leadership skills using cutting-edge assessment tools
  • The improvement in safety metrics that have been observed by screening out high-risk job candidates from the hiring process
  • Best practices and lessons learned on how to implement these innovative tools successfully across a diverse organization

*Editors note: this webinar has already occurred. You can view the recorded webinar by clicking the image below.

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Tags:   safety leadership, SafetyDNA

Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Esteban is the Director of Safety Solutions at Select International. He manages the development and implementation of all safety solutions and services, which address some of the critical challenges faced by organizations today in workplace safety.

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