Traditional thinking on serious and fatal injury prevention suggests that reducing minor injuries brings proportional reductions in more serious ones. But falling rates in minor injuries haven't predictively produced this proportional drop in serious and fatal events. Traditional safety efforts often fail to prevent serious and fatal injury events because they're not designed to. Additionally, leaders and organizations often do not examine specific questions that inform the prevention of serious and fatal injuries:
- Do leaders understand the differences in the causes of serious injuries as compared to those of less serious injuries?
- Does the organization allocate the same level of resources for incident investigation for all event severity levels?
- Do employees understand and consider injury "potential" or instead focus on actual outcomes?
- Are the right metrics in place to measure the organization's level of exposure to serious and fatal events?
- Is near-miss data effectively captured and reported on across the organization?