What Do You Really “Know” About Your Company’s SIF Risk Potential

Published: 2020

The DSS Approach to SIF Control (Part 1 of a 3-Part Series)

There is one scenario that every operations executive or senior safety leader hopes they never experience: It is the middle of the night, and you are awakened by the ringing of your telephone. You fear the worst as you answer the call, and the voice on the other end confirms your deepest dread. A seemingly random, unpredictable fatal accident has occurred on your watch. One of your fellow employees has lost his or her life, and your mind races knowing that you must face their loved ones who will be demanding answers.

Regrettably, this terrible scenario is just as likely to occur today as it was during years past. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while injury rates have been declining, fatalities are not. In 2009, the fatal injury rate was 3.5 and ten years later in 2018, the fatal injury rate remains unchanged at 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.1

Given this alarming trend, organizations need to have a comprehensive plan developed and in place to identify, remedy and reduce Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) risks in their operations so they can protect their people, productivity and business performance. Such a plan needs to focus on risks that can lead to acute, instantaneous events with acute, instantaneous consequences that are potentially life-threatening, life-altering or fatal. 2

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1] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2019.

2] Excluded are chronic conditions that may develop over extended periods of time, such as muscular-skeletal disorders arising from ergonomic origins, standard threshold shift hearing loss due to years of exposure to high noise levels, etc.).