Safety ‘Truths’ Predict and Prevent Workplace Injuries

Safety ‘Truths’ Predict and Prevent Workplace InjuriesPublication: Construction Executive
Issue: August 2012

W. Edwards Deming, a pioneer in the quality movement that occurred decades ago, succinctly described how a process works: inputs lead to outputs. In other words, companies are no better than how they perform a process, and they are fooling themselves if they believe the firm is doing well simply because of an absence of poor outputs.

Businesses now scrutinize the inputs of a process and adjust accordingly through data-driven decisions to achieve continual improvement. While this has worked wonders for quality, many safety departments have yet to get the memo. A company can only measure how well it’s doing by focusing on leading indicators (inputs that can be observed and adjusted prior to an incident), as opposed to relying on lagging indicators that may not reflect what truly is happening. Read the full article here.

Cary Usrey

Written by Cary Usrey

Cary Usrey has been at Predictive Solutions since March 2007. As a Process Improvement Leader, Cary is responsible for implementing best practices for customers seeking to prevent worker injuries. He coaches customers through an assessment, goal-setting, and goal measurement process that is designed to maximize safety improvement and widespread organizational engagement, from the field to leadership. Cary started his career in the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program. After leaving the Navy, he served as the Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance Director at Adirondack Resource Recovery Associates, a waste-to-energy power plant in upstate New York, where he was employed for over twelve years. Following this, Cary took a position with Turner Construction, where he served as the Business Unit Safety Director for the upstate New York office for approximately three years. Cary has graduated with his Associate's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado, is a member of the Central FL chapter of the ASSE, and has served on the Board of Directors for the VPPPA (Region II).

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