Below are some facts and figures that I would like you to consider.
Accidents in the Maritime Industry.
Studies have shown that human error contributes to 89-96% of collisions - Source U.S. Coast Guard Research & Development Center.
Pilot error is the leading cause of commercial airline accidents, with close to 80% percent of accidents caused by pilot error, according to Boeing.
Analysis of accidents and incidents shows that human failure contributes to almost all accidents and exposures to substances hazardous to health. Source HSE.
New data shows that 94% of US car accidents are caused by human error.
Source -the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If we look at these sectors collectively, we will probably find that the initial and ongoing training and Health and Safety legislation has never been greater.
Since their first induction to their continual assessments, employees have had to go through more and more training and development to make them as safe as possible when they are at work.
This is not only to protect the employees, but also to protect the employer if an accident happens.
HSE statistics show that workplace accidents have broadly stayed the same over the last 5 years, even though the level of training and ongoing assessment of competence has increased.
It looks like employees are receiving more and more training but are still having the same amount of injuries!
My new approach is to replace the phrase "human error" with the more accurate description of "bad decisions".
Human error equates to someone deciding on the wrong course of action and I can almost guarantee that most of these people have not been trained on how to consistently make better decisions.
My approach is simple- most accidents are caused by bad decisions so we train people to make better decisions and this will help to reduce accidents.
The whole concept gets people to look at injuries as the result of a bad decision and this may at first be uncomfortable for individuals who may be reluctant to accept this. Unfortunate accidents are easier to accept than people actually being responsible for what happened due to the bad decisions that they made.
My philosophy is that if you want people to improve in a certain area, you should train them. Decision making is no different from any other skill in this respect.
The other factor in this training is that it compliments existing health and Safety training that the employees will have received. I sometimes feel that the mere mention of Health and Safety training can cause some people to become disinterested.
A decision-making course that is designed to reduce accidents and equips people with the skills to immediately apply the learning to historical decisions as well as any future decisions sounds much more interesting.
The final point is that the 3-step decision making process is not just designed to prevent accidents- it can also be used to make better decisions in other areas as well.
Imagine the value of having a workforce that can apply this process to help reduce accidents and injuries. This alone would make the training worthwhile, but the fact that it gives employees a template that they can use in all decisions, makes it even more beneficial.
I hope this article has got people thinking about accidents, injuries and possible reduction measures and if you decide that you would like more information on this unique approach, please visit www.staarsscotland.co.uk or email email@example.com .
Any comments or opinions on this approach would be greatly appreciated.