DETERMINING INCIDENT INFLUENCERS

ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS: DETERMINING INCIDENT INFLUENCERS

 

In the wake of an accident, determining root causes and implementing corrective action is critical to mitigating future risk and sending a message to employees that the organization is committed to continuous improvement.

Incidents are often caused by a combination of factors, some of which may be very difficult to ascertain. Information on the influencers of an accident can come from many sources. Operators and bystanders can describe what happened, but often the most revealing information is made visible through technology. Object and personnel detection along with fatigue and distraction monitoring can provide vital information for consideration when determining the appropriate corrective action. The goal is to develop layers of protection that are specific to the problem. For instance, implementing outward-facing cameras and sensors does nothing to correct an operator’s fatigue.

For example, consider an accident in which a mining truck backs up onto a smaller vehicle. There are a number of potential problems that could cause this accident. Was the operator fatigued or distracted when the accident occurred? Was the smaller vehicle in a place it shouldn’t have been? Was something obstructing the mining truck operator’s visibility? Was either vehicle approaching from an unexpected or inappropriate direction or driving at a hazardous speed?

Depending on the factors at play, there are a number of potential solutions. Cameras or sensors could solve a visibility issue, but a fatigued operator requires a fatigue risk management solution.  New processes or training may be required to prevent a similar situation from occurring.

Don’t jump to a conclusion about root causes—an incorrect assessment can be costly and leave a potentially fatal problem unresolved.

How do you determine the cause of accidents on your mine site? Join us on Facebook or Twitter to discuss your own root cause analysis processes and techniques.

For more information on how Caterpillar can help you find the cause of an accident, contact an expert.


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ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS: DETERMINING INCIDENT INFLUENCERS

 

In the wake of an accident, determining root causes and implementing corrective action is critical to mitigating future risk and sending a message to employees that the organization is committed to continuous improvement.

Incidents are often caused by a combination of factors, some of which may be very difficult to ascertain. Information on the influencers of an accident can come from many sources. Operators and bystanders can describe what happened, but often the most revealing information is made visible through technology. Object and personnel detection along with fatigue and distraction monitoring can provide vital information for consideration when determining the appropriate corrective action. The goal is to develop layers of protection that are specific to the problem. For instance, implementing outward-facing cameras and sensors does nothing to correct an operator’s fatigue.

For example, consider an accident in which a mining truck backs up onto a smaller vehicle. There are a number of potential problems that could cause this accident. Was the operator fatigued or distracted when the accident occurred? Was the smaller vehicle in a place it shouldn’t have been? Was something obstructing the mining truck operator’s visibility? Was either vehicle approaching from an unexpected or inappropriate direction or driving at a hazardous speed?

Depending on the factors at play, there are a number of potential solutions. Cameras or sensors could solve a visibility issue, but a fatigued operator requires a fatigue risk management solution.  New processes or training may be required to prevent a similar situation from occurring.

Don’t jump to a conclusion about root causes—an incorrect assessment can be costly and leave a potentially fatal problem unresolved.

How do you determine the cause of accidents on your mine site? Join us on Facebook or Twitter to discuss your own root cause analysis processes and techniques.

For more information on how Caterpillar can help you find the cause of an accident, contact an expert.

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