Severity versus frequency
Much effort has been placed on reducing frequency, which by conventional thinking, should reduce severity. This conclusion is being called into question due to the fact that while frequency has been reduced, severity, especially death claims, have not dropped accordingly. In order to reduce both frequency and severity, we need to focus training on severity.
More training for the front line worker
The industry acknowledged the need to focus training on severity and responded with a tremendous investment in developing systems, processes and management / supervisory training aimed at reducing SIFs. We believe this investment to be wise, but we see less effort spent on providing the front line worker with the motivation and personal tools to survive high hazard scenarios.
Train like the military
Consider the United States’ modern approach to warfare, which uses highly evolved and sophisticated systems – such as drones, GPS and communication technology - to make the battlefield as safe as possible for US foot soldiers. Despite these advanced systems, battle often comes down to a lone foot soldier kicking a door down in a hostile environment. In these situations, soldiers need their own, personal survival system. So, the military teaches foot soldiers procedures to safely kick down doors – procedures that aren’t tied to top down safety systems. These personal tools give US foot soldiers the best chance of survival. Likewise – as a stop gap measure - we want to give front line construction workers the personal tools they need to survive construction sites, no matter the environment.
Teaching rules and regulations only gets us so far
Almost all of the safety training content that does exist for front line workers is geared toward knowledge of rules and regulations. This training doesn’t go far enough. Knowledge is one of six learning gaps that lead to SIFs. Knowledge is important but, we need to address the other learning gaps such as procedure, skills, habit, motivation and environment.
New technology provides amazing opportunities
New technology is now available that will allow us to create more immersive, interactive training content as well as push content to workers via mobile devices. It’s never been a better