Accident investigations are essential for improving safety. There are many American companies who manage safety well and do a good job of investigation and resolving problems.
I have submitted lists before of employee answers and supervisor answers to investigations questions. This last list in the series are the answers that management gives in companies do not manage safety well. These FGA’s are not from my current company, but I have used them as examples in training others to do investigations, to help contrast effective resolution from rationalization.
- Our record is consistently strong.
- We have trained employees to not do what the injured employee did. He made a bad decision.
- That machine is guarded correctly. The employee made a bad choice.
- The supervisor usually stops people when they are doing what the injured employee did.
- That equipment meets OSHA guidelines.
- We are committed to the safety of our employees.
- The employee should have shut the machine down.
- No one has been hurt that way before. It must have been a fluke.
There is one last set of FGAs to look at. What good management does. We’ll see that list soon.
As always, let’s be careful out there.
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