Deadly 7 of Safety: How the 80/20 Rule Can Accomplish More with LessBorn in Italy in 1848, Vilfredo Federico Damaso Pareto was an important philosopher and economist. He observed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by just 20% of the population. In the industries he investigated, 80% of the production came from 20% of the companies.This “universal truth” about the imbalance of inputs and outputs is what became known as the Pareto principle, or the 80/20 rule; 80% of results come from just 20% of the action! Though not always 100% accurate, can you relate to the following in general?
- • Do 20% of customers account for 80% of revenue?
- • Are 20% of employees account for 80% of your HR challenge?
- • Do you were 20% of your clothes 80% of the time?
The Deadly 7 of SafetyIn general, when a serious incident occurs, 8 times out of 10, its involves one following:
- Work at Heights – includes ladders, scaffold, and any other work at heights. Approximately 50% of all Stop Work Orders in Manitoba in the past 24 months were work at heights, scaffold related.
- Energy Sources – includes Electric, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Thermal, Potential energy sources.
- Powered Mobile Equipment – includes both heavy and light equipment everywhere. Whether its an excavator or genie lift on a commercial construction site, skid steer on a residential renovation or summer student on a lawnmower…. watch out for PME!
- Excavations – Administrative penalties were issued to 6 Manitoba companies in the past 24 months for unsafe excavations. In August 2017, 2 companies were fined a total of $34, 667 after a worker was seriously injured when an excavation collapsed.
- Confined Space Entry – includes any space that has restricted access and egress and is not meant for permanent habitation. Examples include crawl spaces, attics, tanks, hoppers, manholes etc.
- Hoisting and Rigging – be extra aware around cranes, hoists, and overhead loads. There is little time to react and no do-overs when a hoisted load decides to fail.
- Moving Parts of Equipment – includes belts, pullies, shafts, blades, and any other parts of moving equipment workers may come in contact with. In November 2017 a Winnipeg Manufacturer was fined $42, 252 after a worker amputated 2 fingers when his had was pinched between material and rollers of a machine. Prevention includes guarding moving parts, Safe Work Procedures and effective lockout procedures for repair and maintenance.