Taking accident prevention to the next level

Many accidents/claims filed against a club can be prevented. Utilizing historical data is an analytical way an organization can develop strategies to help achieve an accident free goal. Based on 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs Markel claims history, some of the more frequent claims reported last year involved:
  • Falls/falls from elevation
  • Vehicular accidents including – rear end collision, backing into other vehicles, and hitting parked cars
  • Slip and fall/trip and fall accidents
  • Allegations of sex abuse

Markel’s resource library offers numerous resources to support your efforts to address these claims and can help you keep your club clientele safe. 

Once you have an opportunity to align your resources, you can start to develop corrective actions to help create a safe club environment.

Implementing corrective action plans
Equipped with the above information, you can now move forward with corrective action plans. Accident Investigation Techniques – Second Edition, offers the following steps that may help support your mission.

To be effective in preventing future accidents, corrective actions should be implemented using a three step process:

  1. Develop the corrective actions after the investigation produces causal factors. (A causal factor is an event or circumstance that helped to cause an accident.)
  2. Track the corrective actions. A database is useful for organizing and tracking information about the corrective actions.
  3. Follow up to ensure that the corrective actions have been followed as initiated. If a corrective action is not used, accident prevention is not ensured.

Preventing accidents further outlines more specific actions to help guide each step.

Tips for developing corrective actions:

  • Every accident should have at least one causal factor.
  • Develop at least one corrective action for each causal factor.
  • Communicate corrective actions clearly.
  • Make causal factors and corrective actions very specific so that the worker, supervisor, or manager knows exactly what the problem is and how to fix it.

Tips for tracking corrective actions:

  • Establish a timetable for each corrective action. If all the actions are assigned to a specific department or individual, they are usually implemented in a timely manner.
  • Consider using a database to track corrective actions. Include fields for a description of the action, an anticipated completion date, and the party responsible for carrying out the action.
  • Conduct a follow-up to make sure the corrective actions are in place and working correctly.

Follow-up steps:

  • Check that the corrective action has been completed correctly.
  • Make certain the corrective action works to prevent accidents.
  • Ensure that the corrective action is being used.
  • Be proactive. A follow-up is an excellent opportunity to observe hazards in the field. When performing the follow up, check to see if any other hazards could cause an accident. Any hazard that has the potential to cause injury, illness, or damage should be analyzed and corrected.

 


Ref:    Oakley, Jeffery S. Accident Investigation Techniques, Second Edition. Des Plaines, IL.  The American Society of Safety Engineers. 2012
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.