Preventing Serious & Fatal Injury

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?


DEKRA Insight helps leaders and organizations learn to think differently about preventing serious and fatal injuries, in ways that consider the unique nature or these events and what’s required to prevent them. With decades of experience and groundbreaking research into causation, DEKRA Insight helps organizations change how they protect their employees from serious and fatal injuries by:

  • Establishing and tracking new metrics to illuminate serious and fatal injury exposures in your organization
  • Strengthening observation processes to proactively detect high-potential exposures
  • Allocating intervention resources based on severity potential, rather than actual outcome
  • Bringing new understanding and application to dated paradigms, including Heinrich's triangle
  • Educating workers on the types of exposures that lead to serious injuries and fatalities
  • Integrating "precursor" identification and near-miss data into existing systems
  • Implementing tailored, decision-tree criteria data to assess event potential
  • Leveraging analytics to detect “weak signals” and "hidden" exposures

Only with wide visibility of the issues affecting an organization’s exposure to serious and fatal injury events can real progress be made toward eliminating these events altogether.

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