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Your one and only solution to decreasing workplace incidents

by , 09 July 2015
Frequent health and safety incidents in your company aren't good.

If you don't properly investigate incidents, you increase the risk of more accidents.

This can cost your company lots of money and you could face jail time. But I've got a solution for you. Use this three-tier analysis to identify the root cause and prevent future incidents.

Here is the three-tier root cause analysis


Root causes are basic problems that are reasonably identifiable. Management has the power to fix these problems. They need to effect recommendations to prevent recurrence. To do the root cause analysis, select the best option at each level
 
  • Level 1: Identify the problem category. Choose equipment or people as the primary source of the problem. 
  • Level 2: Identify the major root cause for each problem category selected at level 1. 
  • Level 3: Identify the root cause for each level 2 selected.
 
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Let's look at an example


Vusi Khumalo came to work on Friday morning. He spent the day offloading pallets from delivery trucks using a forklift. At 12h00, his Supervisor told him there were still three trucks he needed to offload before he could take his lunch break at 12h30. Vusi began working faster and as he turned around with a pallet where the load had shifted during transport, the top layer of boxes fell and hurt Sipho who was standing in the loading bay. 
 

Root cause analysis:


  • Level 1: Identify the problem category
Equipment
People 
  • Level 2: Identify the major root cause for each problem category selected at level 1 
Equipment  >  selection – the forklift was not the most suitable means of offloading the stock. 
People > supervisor – he was rushing Vusi to finish at a certain time
  • Level 3: Identify the root cause for each level 2 selected 
Equipment  >  selection  >  incorrect equipment purchased
People > supervisor >  poor management skills. 
 

Document your findings 


Document your findings and compile the changes you need to make to your safety plan to prevent a similar accident happening. 
 

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