The Use of Leading Indicators to Predict Safety Performance

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To find sources of leading safety indicators, we need to look at the base of the Heinrich Safety Pyramid. Leading safety indicators are derived from safety incidents that did not result in injury. These can include everything from job safety observations and attendance at safety meetings to unsafe acts and near misses. These are different than lagging indicators, which are statistics that result from safety incidents that did result in injury. Leading indicators give you the ability to predict and prevent injury to your workers, and so are worth investigating.

The benefits of tracking leading indicators go beyond just the morale boost that comes with an extended incident-free period. According to the 2016 Workplace Safety Index of insurance firm Liberty Mutual, the ten most common workplace injuries resulted in costs of over $51 billion. On a company level, Liberty Mutual reports that over 60% of chief financial officers surveyed believe … Read more...

Using Leading Indicators to Predict Safety Performance

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Dr. Vince Marchesani is a guest contributor and a member of the Intelex Community. 

Leading indicators have been used for years to predict the future. Meteorologists use barometric pressure to predict the weather, politicians use polls to inform their campaign strategies and doctors use elevated body temperature as an indicator of patient health. Therefore, the use of leading indicators to predict future safety performance is a logical next step in successfully improving safety measurement, management and most importantly performance.  The impact of using leading safety indicators to predict injuries is similar in magnitude to the impact experienced in safety with the introduction of behavioral safety.

Leading indicators are accidents or events that almost happened. They are the measurement of actions, activities or incidents that do not result in injuries. While the use of safety leading indicators continues to gain momentum, for the most part people are not certain what … Read more...