Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 4424 News & Views Magazine EDITION 1, 2016 Employee work injuries have a signifi- cant impact on your bottom line. The direct and indirect costs can be detri- mental to your organization. From increased workers’ compensation costs to the loss of resources and productiv- ity, employers need to be proactively engaged in effective strategies to reduce workplace incidents. Safety and human resource professionals must focus on safety initiatives that affect risk reduction and ultimately improve overall business profitability. Unfortunately, many safety efforts don’t always produce meaningful results. Often times, employers fall short because they do not dig deep enough to find the underlying root causes. Jumping to solutions before you know the real issue, for example, may not solve the problem, resulting in recurring events and frustration. The definition of key work hazards and employee injury exposures must be viewed as a problem-solving process that involves personal observation, inquiry and research. You need to determine if you are addressing just the symptom or the actual cause. For example, basing safety initiatives on injury categories such as“strains and sprains,” “trip and fall”or“back injuries”typically fails because safety efforts are not targeting causes. Effective safety initiatives focusing on loss cause definitions are based on the following premise: problems must be clearly defined before they can be solved. WHAT IS A LOSS CAUSE? A loss cause is any situation that has or could produce employee injury or illness where the identity and relation- ship among people, methods, equipment, facilities and the environment interact to produce or increase the risk of loss. In simple terms, a“loss cause is a well-defined safety prob- lem.”With loss causes clearly defined, employers can select the most effective safety solutions. A LOSS CAUSE IS NOT… Unfortunately, many who work in safety improperly refer to claim data elements as loss causes. To help prevent this common misconception, it is helpful to also define what a loss cause is not. A loss cause is NOT: ■ An accident type such as struck-by or fall ■ An object or “agency” of an accident such as a pallet, ladder or carton ■ An injury type such as a strain, or fracture ■ A job position such as tractor operator, harvester or packer ■ An activity or task such as material handling, packing or driving or ■ A body part such as wrist, back or foot These are all very important claim data elements that must be considered during safety problem solving. However, what’s By VANESSA GALVAN, Corporate Agriculture Safety and Health Manager at Zenith Insurance Company In simple terms, a “loss cause is a well-defined safety problem.” With loss causes clearly defined, employers can select the most effective safety solutions. Safety InitiativesAddressing Injury Not Just Symptoms