The Two Types of Serious Injury and Fatal Exposure Incidents

Why High-Reliability Discipline is Key to Reducing Catastrophic Incidents

Most organizations are undertaking the challenge of determining which of their incidents have Serious Injury and Fatality potential (SIFp). This effort allows leaders to assure that the incident receives the level of scrutiny warranted by the potential that exists, not the severity of the outcome. All incidents, no matter how minor, require some level of review and attention, but not all incidents rise to the level of having SIFp.

SiFp have a reasonable likelihood of a SIF actual. These incidents also require the greatest focus on deep learning. Both the incidents themselves and the findings are generally reported to the most senior levels of the organization.

Scheduled and unscheduled events require workers to engage in a high-risk activity for which protections are required to control SIF exposure. Addressing these two types of SIF exposures requires a focus on safety climate and building individual resiliency. This must happen well before the unscheduled, high-risk situation occurs, and it requires constant reinforcement.

The DEKRA white paper, “The Two Types of Serious Injury and Fatal Exposure Incidents” will examine the approach leadership can take to identify and control SIF exposures and then create corrective measures that can be sustained over time.

This whitepaper focuses on:

  • The difference between low potential, infrequent incidents and low potential, frequent incidents.
  • What defines incidents with serious injury and fatality potential.
  • How to classify SIF potential events.
  • The difference between scheduled and unscheduled SIF potential events.
  • How leaders can deal with unscheduled SIF exposures.
  • The factors impacting safe decision-making.
  • The three-pronged approach to preventing SIFs.