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Injury Prevention through Cause Analysis and Worker Readiness

By Dan Hannan, CSP

Executive Summary
The proclamation that injuries “just happen” is unacceptable. Even worse is to dismiss the contributing factors that set up a repeat of another injury by the same cause. Central to injury analysis is the psychology of risk-based decision making, such as: “Should I use this broken ladder or take an extra 20 minutes of time to obtain another one?” Accordingly, many safety programs are constructed with the hope that an individual’s decision-making process and habits can be shaped for the better. This paper discusses a number of methods that can be essential to achieving a higher level of injury prevention.

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