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3 Ways To Use Your Workforce Data To Improve Safety
by Dr. Ian Cook
Workforce safety is a top concern across a wide range of industries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries reported in 2014. Whether you work in a factory or an office, occupational hazards exist across all sectors of the economy — making the prevention of safety incidents a key strategic imperative for a diverse array of organizations.
Even complying to the strictest safety standards doesn’t guarantee that your workers won’t suffer from a workplace-related injury. Human beings are unpredictable and their behavior can change in an instant, which is why human error is a frequent explanation for workforce injuries. As many as 90% of industrial accident reports indicate a failure on the part of the injured person or a co-worker.
However, it’s important to not be quick to blame human error as the sole culprit. There can be many underlying causes for workplace accidents, such as systemic failures, poor management, and lack of training. Without knowing the correct drivers of incidents, it can be impossible to put the correct prevention programs in place. Using a data-driven approach enables HR and safety leaders to accurately determine what trends are causing incidents and what programs should be implemented to reduce these numbers.
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