The rate of serious injuries and deaths continues to decline despite declines in total recordable incidents, although companies with strong security cultures are less likely to report these serious incidents, according to a report published Monday by information management company ISN Software Corp.
ISN analyzed more than 55,000 recordable incidents at US companies between 2017 and 2019 and found that workers who perform work heights above six feet, work with chemicals or rigs or perform welding or cutting risk the most serious injuries or deaths, but organizations with a process safety management or environmental programs, or those with a paramedic on site reduced the likelihood of these injuries and deaths on their premises.
Among serious injuries and deaths studied during the three-year period, the majority involved sprains, strains and tears in the upper extremities and were most often caused by contact with an object or equipment
For serious injuries and deaths caused by slipping, tripping or falling, resulted more than 30% of these cases were fractures or disorders, and the lower extremities were affected more than 40% of the time, according to the report.
The study found that safety culture was an important leading indicator of serious injuries and deaths, and that 75% of respondents believed that improved safety culture was an effective approach to reduce serious incidents and deaths.