Safety Differentiation

Leveraging Data for
safety Improvement

At Wolfcreek Safety Solutions (WSS), we firmly believe that effective safety data analysis creates a concrete foundation for continuous improvement. Our empirical, fact-based, research-validated approach identifies key metrics, trends, and indicators that drive reduced injuries.

We offer risk analytics and performance metrics design and reporting to support risk management at operation and enterprise levels. We can assist your organization in understanding how to validate leading and lagging indicators for predictability, identify trends to ensure safety strategy is implemented as intended, develop incident and near miss reporting and analysis, and design contractor performance scoring frameworks.

Our goal is to enable your organization to systematically predict and avoid safety incidents using a proven system of predictive analytics.

CASE STUDY #3: MOBILE APP

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Pre-Job Safety meeting Quality Measurement Tool was originally developed by Construction Industry Institute Research Team 293, an industry-academic team of 22 industry leaders. The Team included Dr. Matt Hallowell, Endowed Professor of Construction Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The tool was designed to assist practitioners with the assessment and improvement of the quality of pre-job safety meetings. The general philosophy of the team was that every safety manager or crew leader wants to lead a high-quality safety meeting, but they often need guidance and feedback on ‘what good looks like.’

The anatomy of the tool includes nine elements that define the quality of a meeting, the levels of element maturity (i.e., Deficient, Good, Better, and Best), and the detailed criteria or description for each level. The content of the tool was developed using the Delphi method and the process was rigorous enough to be published in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.

After the tool was published, Wolfcreek Safety Solutions – in partnership with the original lead researcher – developed the tool into a user-friendly app that enables efficient and effective field assessments and organizational analytics. The app allows organizations to enter and track their pre-job safety meeting quality data and use the analytics as effective leading indicators that can be used for continuous improvement.

THE CHALLENGE

The current state of Pre-Job Safety meetings, (using a Job Safety Analysis (JSA)), is one where quantity is emphasized over quality. The original intent of a JSA was for non-routine, high hazard work activities and as a tool to facilitate a high-quality safety discussion prior to starting the work. Over the years, use of JSA’s has expanded in scope and scale to cover all work activities, with an increased emphasis on documentation and frequency. The result has been an increase in focus on the documentation and a decrease in focus on the quality of both the documentation and the resulting pre-job safety meetings. In many cases, crew leaders have not been taught what a high-quality pre-job safety meeting looks like. Often, key risks are missed and not discussed contrary to the original intent of the JSA and associated meeting. In addition, the quantity of JSA’s has not been validated as a predictive indicator for improved safety performance, whereas “quality” of the pre-job meetings has been.

WSS designed and developed a mobile app to field assess Pre-Job Safety Meeting Quality. The application permits observers to assess and analyze pre-job safety meetings against nine elements, each with detailed criteria and maturity levels. After scoring each meeting in real time, the observer uses the data generated to coach safety managers and crew leaders with immediate feedback on strengths and areas needing improvement, as well as set goals for future performance. Read more about our mobile app in the case study below.

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