SafeStart International innovates and presents the "Paradigm Shifts" series, designed by Larry Wilson, CEO and author of the SafeStart Programme.
This will be a series of 12 provocative short articles designed to provide additional perspective or perhaps, to even change your mind about the way you think about industrial safety, accidental injury causation and the role it also plays on your overall production, quality and customer relations.
In an unprecedented and visionary study, Larry anticipates the most important trends in behavioural safety and points out important changes for a new world, concerning safety at work and human factors.
This is SafeStart’ s contribution so that your company can make smart decisions regarding your workers safety and improving overall business performance.
#1 – Hazards or Human Error?
When you ask people what is more important: hazards or human error you will get many different perspectives. This article explores those perspectives and introduces a new way of thinking about hazards and hazardous energy.
In the workplace and to a similar extent at home or on the road, there are only 3 main sources of unexpected events: either the equipment does something unexpectedly, someone else does something unexpectedly or we do something unexpectedly.
This article begins by explaining that what really causes the majority of serious injuries isn’t what we’ve been told. And then by reflecting (once again) on our own personal risk pyramid, the importance of mind on task is discussed.
#6- The State To Error Risk Pattern And The Concept Of Self-Triggering
In this episode when you think about all of injuries in the self-area (over 95%), and then think about the four critical errors: eyes not on task, mind not on task, moving into the line of fire and problems with balance,
#7 – The Neuroscience Behind the Critical Error Reduction Techniques
Although the neuroscience has only been possible since FMRI’s were around, or for about half as long as the critical error reduction techniques have been available, it does help to validate the techniques. However, the biggest benefit or the most important benefit the neuroscience really proves, is why the repetition of the concepts and discussing how the injury or close call could have been worse, is so important in terms of improving and strengthening the neural pathways which enables our sub-conscious mind to develop that instant sense of danger when we’re rushing, frustrated or fatigued (critical error reduction technique #2).
#8 – The Complacency Continuum And “When vs. What”
Knowing what actually causes the majority of serious injuries and fatalities is a good start, certainly much better than guessing or assuming that it’s due to a lack of management commitment. However, in order to prevent serious incidents and fatalities we need to know “when”. When will be most likely to make a critical error? This article explores the concept of Anticipating Error™ and provides practical tools for helping you and your employees to Rate Your State™ when in a situation where there is a high risk for making one or more critical errors that could cause a serious injury or expensive mistake.
#9- Critical Decisions – Part 1: Normal Risk vs. Making an Exception
Although there could be many reasons why people take deliberate risks, most people only operate in 2 modes. Either this is what they normally do (not wearing face shield) or today they are making an exception to what they normally do. It’s not really overly complicated. It’s also easy to see what states or combination of them could easily cause someone to “break their own rules”. However, this article will go even further and show how, by slightly extending the application, the same four critical error reduction techniques can be used to prevent making critical decisions that are compromised or negatively influenced by rushing, frustration, fatigue and complacency.