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SEAM Group is focused on optimizing asset safety, reliability, and maintenance for more than 500 clients in multiple industries around the world. Leveraging our One SEAM, One Solution approach, our team provides integrated solutions for common asset challenges through the most comprehensive suite of asset optimization capabilities available.

Each year, our expert team inspects, assesses, and supports more than 2,000,000 pieces of equipment worldwide. Our team helps organizations in hospitality, pharmaceutical, food processing, consumer goods, and more improve the performance of their assets, teams, and processes for more significant operational and financial impact and ensures everyone’s safety interacting with energized assets.

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Preventing Serious Injuries and Fatalities – Eight Steps to Manage Hazardous Energy in Facilities

We are convinced the vast majority of successful endeavors to save lives and quality of life begins with following the energy – a comprehensive canvassing of facilities for the sources of potentially lethal energy. Despite breakthroughs more than a decade ago highlighting the different character of fatalities and serious injuries (FSIs or SIFs) compared with less consequential incidents, the worst accidents have remained stubbornly resistant to prevention. The patterns during the intervening years further validated those essential findings and demonstrated the struggles most leadership teams encounter in learning from them.

In this White Paper we discuss the historical challenges of managing safety in addressing FSI exposure, as well as cover the eight steps to identify, assess, predict and manage how FSI events in industrialized assets can be avoided.

 

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Every 30 minutes, a worker will experience an electrically induced injury. The voltage and pressure levels within most electrical assets leave little chance for a worker to escape with just a minor burn or scrape. Because interacting with highly levels of energy increases the risk for fatal and serious injuries (FSIs), organizations must develop enterprise asset management (EAM) and FSI prevention strategies to reduce these incidents from occurring. To begin, follow the eight steps in this article to ensure electrical workers are protected from all energized assets.

Predict and prevent FSIs in your organization. Download the white paper: Preventing Serious Injuries and Fatalities – Eight Steps to Manage Hazardous Energy in Facilities

Follow These Eight Steps to Help Prevent Fatal & Serious Injuries


1. Locate the sources of energy.
Electrical hazards threaten the safety of people and property in the form of shocks, burns, injury, fire, and explosion. The first variable in hazard recognition is locating the sources of energy. By conducting an electrical safety audit, your organization can identify all the major sources of energy throughout the facility, particularly the hazards that exist in installation, maintenance, and uninstallation of equipment.

2. Calibrate the energy levels.
The second variable in hazard recognition is knowing the amount of energy within each source. Managing the flow or containment of energy in a facility requires calibrating the energy levels. Knowing if energy has been sufficiently reduced, whether electricity has been stepped down (as it is between lines on the street and current inside a house), or if pallet loads are no longer stacked as high, cuts the odds of a tragedy.

3. Assess the human proximities.
Understanding where people gather can tell us where serious accidents are most likely to occur, and to focus the most attention on those areas. FSIs can often happen where people are working with machine controls or are closest to moving or electrically charged components. The barriers between energy and employees are often relatively thin, which are more than sufficient when new or maintained, but dangerous if their continuous integrity is compromised.

4. Identify the modes of failure.
One of the most crucial aspects of systems thinking is the ability to imagine worst-case scenarios, which helps to identify and avert failure before it happens. Asset managers must be experts in anticipating these “rare but predictable” events that could potentially cause harm to workers and contribute to systems downtime.

5. Calculate the probabilities.
Managing a process well includes knowing how likely each of its components is to fail. For most machines or their parts, there are established “potential failure” curves that are invaluable at helping to focus attention in those areas where a problem is most likely to occur and most likely to result in severe injury. Additionally, estimating these odds is a highly productive exercise that brings up issues that otherwise would have gone unanticipated.

6. Focus on the middle of the hierarchy of controls.
When steps one to five have been followed, the traditional hierarchy of controls becomes a substantially enhanced strategic tool. This is especially true in the middle of the hierarchy since energy can rarely be eliminated and PPE is rarely enough to stop FSI-level forces. But methodically considering engineering and administrative controls leads to targeted, cost-effective means of isolating the hazards or keeping workers clear of them.

7. Optimize the inspection and maintenance regimen.
The best way to control the probabilities and avoid getting blindsided by a break in the system is improved inspection and maintenance. For example, when you combine current thermo-imaging technologies with an insistence on removing panel covers to get at the connections, problems and issues are discovered and can be corrected ahead of time. Frequent inspections allow an enterprise to pivot from reactive to predictive.

8. Involve the front line.
Electrical hazards recognition and injury prevention does not come naturally. Involving and training your frontline workers enables them to understand how their systems and equipment operate, the processes by which works gets done, and how to identify hazards and prevent injuries. Identifying system and process improvements also increases exponentially as FSI prevention migrates to occur earlier and more effectively within the hierarchy of controls.

Develop New Strategies for FSI Prevention Across Your Enterprise


Learning how to predict and prevent FSIs does not happen overnight. The prevention of FSIs depends heavily on design, reliability, maintenance, and safeguards that happen well upstream of frontline worker decisions. They require strategic planning, and fail-safe design and operation at the leadership level, which provides proper training for electrical workers managing energized assets.

When an organization fully understands EAM and FSI prevention, it can significantly increase safety and operational performance. Read our latest white paper to learn the core concepts behind FSI prevention and how to develop a strategy that can yield better safety outcomes across your organization.

If you’ve had a chance to review the previous articles on the Laws of Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), you have started to understand that it takes more than just technical expertise to improve operational and safety performance in your organization. In this post, we continue the EAM discussion and provide an overview for laws five through seven. Known as the laws that represent the path to optimization, let’s review them below

Skip this post now and read all of the 9 Laws of Enterprise Asset Management when you download the latest white paper.

But First, a Recap…


In case you missed the previous articles, the “Introduction to Asset Management” provided an overview of SEAM Group’s white paper, the 9 Laws of Enterprise of Asset Management and highlighted the first law: Protect People. The second article covered the laws two through four that set the foundation for asset management: Know the true goal; Obsess over the basics; and Embrace the technology. An organization is less likely to succeed at EAM without a foundation.

The Path to Optimization


The following laws (numbers 5-7) set the path for asset optimization.

Law #5 – Focus on returns, not costs.


It’s not uncommon to hear, “We need to reduce costs,” and, “We need to do more with less.” The problem with the actions that follow is sometimes cutting costs has expensive consequences, such as asset breakdowns and safety incidents. This is why it’s important to focus on returns, and to consider any funds to be investments instead of costs. If a project costs $250,000 or the like, think about whether or not it has a high rate of return and how that could benefit your organization in the long-term.

Law #6 – Optimize the critical path.


Assets that create the most constraints are considered to have a much higher level of importance or “criticality.” The most effective enterprise asset management strategies will assign a higher priority to these type of assets in order to improve overall operations.

For example, assume a bottling facility has three machines that stamp out bottle caps compared to one machine that labels the bottles. The machines that stamp out the bottle caps can perform the work at a much faster rate than the labelling machine. However, the dependance on the labelling machine is significant, and therefore, is considered at a high criticality. The machine will be identified as a priority in an EAM strategy in order to continue operation and improve production without compromising safety.

Law #7 – Foresee the catastrophe.


In a world that prizes glass-half-full thinking, it’s not easy being the person who points out all of the worst-case scenarios. And yet, that’s the charge of a good asset manager. Knowing how to keep things running requires anticipating the “rare but predictable” events that could cause extended downtime for their enterprises. Therefore, asset managers must always be assessing the system’s vulnerabilities and asking themselves, “What can go wrong? What is the likelihood of that happening? And, what are the consequences if it does happen?” The reward of mastering this science is seeing a contingency plan work well in the off chance it’s needed and seeing the system continuing to run smoothly when it could otherwise have been brought to a halt.

The Complete List of EAM Laws Available Now


There are two more laws left to discuss, but you don’t have to wait for the next post to be published when you download the full white paper the 9 Laws of Enterprise Asset Management. Learn the core principles behind asset management all in one place and start applying them to your EAM strategy for improved performance across your organization.

Need an expert to help develop your strategy and guide your optimization efforts? Learn more about SEAM Groups’ EAM services and contact us to discuss your needs.
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If you eliminate non-injury incidents, you lessen fatal and serious injuries (FSI’s). That’s the theory behind well-known safety scholars like Herbert William Heinrich and Frank E. Bird, which is still being followed in many of today’s safety environments. The problem with this theory is that it is significantly flawed, especially when applied to energized asset management. In our latest white paper, Follow the Energy: One Factor Above All Defines Fatality and Serious Injury Causation – And Spots It in Advance, we discuss what’s wrong with the Heinrich-Bird accident pyramid and why a different strategy is needed to reduce serious injuries and fatalities in electrical safety. Read the overview of the white paper below and learn the best practices for FSI prevention when you download the full version here.

Why FSI’s Require Distinct Reduction Strategies


When working towards a safety goal of zero, almost all organizations continue to have just one initiative – one that is likely reducing slips, trips, falls, cuts, contusions, and sprains. Yet, no progress is being made towards preventing the worst incidents. It’s because of Heinrich’s and Bird’s pyramids that this initiative is common in many safety environments and why organizations are so adept to preventing less severe injuries.

While Heinrich’s and Bird’s work do play a positive role in helping organizations mitigate incidents, there is a drawback to highly focusing on near misses and minor incidents. Working primarily at the bottom of the accident pyramid leaves organizations vulnerable to more serious events, which contrary to belief, are not random and, in fact, predictable and avoidable with sufficient reliability and maintenance programs. SEAM Group’s white paper dispels the beliefs that FSI’s are freak accidents and ascertains that each FSI has a root cause, and therefore, are not chance events.

By developing targeted strategies and using sophisticated data collection systems, organizations can identify if an FSI is influenced by materials, equipment, facilities, humans, or energy. With this information, organizations can have a better understanding of why FSI’s happen, increase the level of their predictability, and have a mitigation plan in place for ongoing prevention.

Properly Predict and Prevent FSI’s in Your Organization


Nearly every serious injury and fatality is predictable and within the scope of a rigorous, risk-based, systemic approach. Knowing this, organizations can develop strategies at the leadership level for preventing FSI’s and train electrical safety workers to ensure no one gets seriously injured or hurt. If you’re an organizational leader that needs guidance on predicting and preventing FSI’s, download our latest paper to get started.

In this white paper we discuss:

  • The Heinrich-Bird accident pyramid and why it doesn’t work in electrical safety

  • Why developing a different strategy for reducing FSI’s is needed

  • Real-life scenarios that illustrate FSI predictability

  • Human factors and their influence on safe work performance

  • Eight steps for FSI prevention to ensure workers avoid high levels of energy


When organizations are able to protect their workers from incidents (no matter where they fall on a pyramid), every level of performance improves. Read our latest white paper to learn how applying a new approach and a few best practices can yield better safety outcomes across your organization.

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