The injury incident pyramid is a representation of the statistics about injuries. Year after year, industry after industry, injuries statistically fall into this pyramid.
Near misses or unsafe acts are the bottom of the pyramid. These are things such as not wearing your seatbelt on a forklift, not wearing cut resistant gloves while putting on a cutting die or not using 3 points of contact on a ladder.
These are injuries that require more than basic first aid. The injury may require a prescription drug, physical therapy, sutures or things that are above and beyond first aid treatment. For all the thousands of near misses and unsafe acts, sooner or later it will result in an injury that requires this type of treatment.
Life Changing Injuries
For every 600 recordable injuries statistically, year after year, industry after industry, there will be 30 life changing injuries. That’s 5%. These are injuries such as amputations, major surgeries, and broken bones. These types of injuries will change your life and those who depend on you.
For every 30 life changing injuries, there will be one fatal injury.
So what does this mean? We need to work on the unsafe acts and the near misses at the base of the pyramid first.If you can reduce or eliminate those, then you can stop the cascade effect that comes with injuries to begin with.To eliminate the recordable and life changing injuries you need to reduce the near misses and unsafe acts.
The only way to stop it is to eliminate the unsafe acts and near misses altogether.
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