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Saving Lives and Limbs With Big Data

Every day of the year, workers lose their lives on the job, and many more suffer a catastrophic injury. Almost all are preventable. Intelex Technologies, the leading software provider of Environment, Health, Safety, and Quality Management, has been capturing data on the events leading up to workplace incidents, the circumstances surrounding them, and the after-effects for over a decade. With experience from over 1,000 companies worldwide and over 1 million users, Intelex’s Data Science team is helping unlock answers on prevention of workplace injury and death. It is early days, but there are key Big Data-driven insights that challenge how companies have been approaching workplace safety up to now.

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Gary Edwards, PhD
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January 12, 2017

Every day of the year, workers lose their lives on the job, and many more suffer a catastrophic injury. Almost all are preventable. Intelex Technologies, the leading software provider of Environment, Health, Safety, and Quality Management, has been capturing data on the events leading up to workplace incidents, the circumstances surrounding them, and the after-effects for over a decade. With experience from over 1,000 companies worldwide and over 1 million users, Intelex’s Data Science team is helping unlock answers on prevention of workplace injury and death. It is early days, but there are key Big Data-driven insights that challenge how companies have been approaching workplace safety up to now.

As Intelex’ Data-Science Advisor, I had the opportunity to highlight some of our findings in the White Paper “Saving Lives and Limbs Through Big Data.” We challenged the traditional Safety Triangle as the ultimate guide to safety and explained our Data Science findings that have the potential for eliminating the most catastrophic incidences in the workplace. I offer five key Data Science considerations to improve Health and Safety in the workplace:

Measure and predict success, not just failure Build statistical competence for improving safetyGo the extra mile, recording behavioral observations of near-misses, hazards, and unsafe behaviorsLead from the top, empower from the bottomBe transformational, adopting a Health and Safety Maturity Curve with transformational leadership as the key to success.

I believe in the power of executive leadership in making significant strides in safety gains. The logic is simple: If Leaders exhibit that everyone’s safety is key to the success of their company, they are likely to instill this value in others. We are encouraged by our early findings as they shed new light on age-old problems of workplace safety. The promise of Big Data is in finding solutions to simple but vexing problems that up until now have eluded answers. What got us to where we are in improved safety will not be what gets us over the finish line of near-zero incidences. To achieve this goal, we need breakthrough data-driven insights and new solutions, along with strong leadership. 

To read more, download a complimentary copy of the Whitepaper http://ilx.media/2ikNQPC

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