Avoiding occupational accidents and man-made disasters : a semi-qualitative study in 27 companies investigating factors influencing safety stall points
Faculty of Applied Economics
Engineering sciences. Technology
, p. 30-43
University of Antwerp
The effectiveness of occupational safety is measured by the number of occupational accidents happening within a company in a year and by then calculating the Loss Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR). After a prolonged period of LTIFR-decline or stagnation, the LTIFR may increase again at a certain point in time. We call this point in time a "safety stall point". This study was carried out in 27 companies to identify the different factors which lead to postponing or avoiding safety stall points. Results indicate that safety stall points may indeed be influenced and what the various parameters are that may do so. Recommendations are formulated regards how to avoid or postpone safety stall points. If safety stall points can be avoided, obviously this has an important effect on the avoidance of disasters as well. Man-made disasters' likelihood is decreased, as many disasters (not all of them!) are avoided by focusing on avoiding occupational accidents.