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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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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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In December 1970 President Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law and in so doing created OSHA, NIOSH, and OSHRC.  In April of 1971 OSHA opened its doors and this month, therefore, celebrates its 50th anniversary.   Over the last 5 decades, it is undoubtedly the case that the efforts of OSHA, Employers, and Labor have collectively conspired to improve the health and safety of the workplace and that is, indeed, a cause for celebration. Non-fatal injuries in the workplace are estimated to have been cut by a factor of 4 in the intervening period. That equates to tens of thousands of workers, and their families, who have not had to deal with the trauma, pain, and loss of security that goes along with workplace injury. This is, most certainly, something for which we should all be immensely grateful.

It has been a collective effort, with stakeholders in government, unions, and industry working towards a common goal – that more people go home exactly as they came to work.  Though a collective effort, it is fair to say it has not always been collaborative. The focus and orientation of the various stakeholders have not always been aligned. The view on how best to make progress, and who best to drive the agenda, has been a point of contention. Nonetheless, we have made progress and we now have a regulatory framework, reporting requirements, standards, and management systems that any employer must or should be using as part of running their business safely.  In reality, however, progress has slowed. Recent administrations have struggled to drive the agenda, and the focus on rules and compliance has failed to sustain ongoing improvement.

Perhaps of greatest concern are two issues. First, that fatal incident rates have not improved in parallel with nonfatal. You can read more on this in our recent White Paper "Follow the Energy: One Factor Above All Defines Fatality and Serious Injury Causation – And Spots It in Advance." Great progress was made in the first three decades of OSHA’s existence, with fatal incidents falling by over half despite significant growth in the total workforce. But over the last two decades, this fatal injury number has been remarkably stubborn and resistant to the rates of improvement we should all expect. Clearly, the collective stakeholders here are getting something wrong.  Second, all the evidence suggests that occupational health in the US is a serious problem, lacking visibility, underreported, and with accountability and collective effort many decades behind our work in occupational safety. It is estimated 50,000 Americans lose their lives each year due to workplace exposures to harmful substances.

So, what for the future of OSHA?  There are those who may argue that more funding, more standards, more inspection, and more fines are a pathway to move forward. It is undoubtedly the case that some OSHA standards are ludicrously outdated, and the agency needs support in addressing those gaps. But, even a doubling of the inspection regime would mean most employers only getting a visit from OSHA once in the average American lifetime – hardly likely to move the bar. Penalizing those committing egregious acts, those responsible for the deliberate commission should be the stick used against the bad actors who willfully fail to take on board their responsibilities to their employees to keep them out of harm’s way. Most employers in this country would support that notion because most employers want the staff to be safe at work, and at home.  Stronger fines and negative publicity can be powerful levers in getting bad employers to pay attention. However, for the majority of employers, a more collaborative and participative model is far more likely to gain traction. And that starts with OSHA being at the leading edge of thinking in workplace safety and health. The agency should be the go-to place for help, support, advice, and assistance. This requires a pivot from ‘policing’ to ‘partnering’. It requires that OSHA take the lead on the issues and challenges employers face, providing tools, insights, resources that enable. OSHA has the wherewithal, as a short visit to the OSHA website illustrates. Multiple tools and assessments, guidance, and best practices. Indeed, even the offer of free onsite consultation. Directionally OSHA started moving toward this more collaborative approach 6-7 years ago and further investment in these resources is far more likely to bear fruit.

In the same vein, all stakeholders should be undertaking a concerted effort to collaborate and drive the agenda. All too often we see competition not collaboration – between industry bodies, workers representatives, industry leaders, consultants, and service providers. We would all do well to remind ourselves that safety is not proprietary – it’s a collective moral obligation to share what we know that can save lives and prevent injuries. And at the forefront of this collective effort should be OSHA (and NIOSH) driving new thinking, new approaches, new science, and understanding, leveraging new technology – all in pursuit of doing, even more, to make work safer still in the next 50 years.

 
Every 30 minutes, an electrically induced injury occurs to work employees due to a sudden arc flash. To protect employees from electrical-related injuries, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® known as NFPA 70E®. Organizations that provide NFPA 70E employee training for handling and managing electrical assets can help prevent incidents, improve safety, and positively impact their bottom-line. Here are a few training considerations to ensure NFPA 70E training is successful at your organization.

The Keys to Successful NFPA 70E® Training



  1. Consider the changing workforce – Older generations of workers carry a bevy of knowledge in managing electrical hazards, which was gathered over years of working on the job. Take this into consideration when training younger generations. They will need training that goes beyond by-the-book instruction, including personal anecdotes and stories, close call encounters, and case studies. If possible, have these employees shadow the employees with decades of experience that live and breathe safety.

  2. Understand the causes of arc flashes – You cannot train on how to manage hazards without understanding how they happen and their causes. Usually, an arc flash happens when either equipment has failed or there is a physical interaction with an energized piece of equipment, such as removing a panel and working with a circuit breaker. Some causes can include human error, failing to use insulated tools, excessive dust, corrosion, and improperly maintained or installed switches and circuit breakers.

  3. Identify the equipment with arc flash potential – It is also important to recognize the types of equipment that have arc flash potential. Safety issues are raised whenever personnel work with an overcurrent protective device, such as circuit breakers or fuses. These devices protect against the potentially dangerous effects of overcurrents, such as an overload current or a short-circuit current, which creates a fault current. To determine and confirm arc flash potential, an assessment or arc flash hazard analysis should be performed on equipment 50V or higher.

  4. Know how to apply and read arc flash labels – Labeling is required by NFPA 70E for any piece of electrical equipment that may need examination, adjustment, service or maintenance while energized, creating the potential for an arc flash incident to occur. Electrical workers need to understand how hazards affect those who are performing diagnostics (or the regular tasks at hand), know how to apply labels, and how to read data on those labels.

  5. Conduct an arc flash assessment to determine hazards– An arc flash risk assessment is a process to determine the level of hazard that exists at each electrical enclosure, such as a control panel, panel board, disconnect switch, or switchgear. 70E training offers guidance on how to perform an assessment. However, if an organization does not have the resources available or knowledgeable in conducting an assessment, outside providers like SEAM Group can help.


Protect Your Employees, Assets, and Bottom-line with the Proper Arc Flash Training


NFPA 70E training is critical for your electrical workers to handle energized assets safely. There are many trainings available to your organization, but know that learning procedures by-the-book will only get your employees so far. The proper training involves obtaining knowledge and guidance from experts in managing electrical assets and hazard mitigation. Experts with a diverse electrical background will balance textbook training with real-life scenarios for an optimal learning experience.

To learn more about providing NFPA 70E training or an arc flash hazard assessment for your organization, see our complete list of training offerings or contact SEAM Group and get started today!