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 4426 News & Views Magazine EDITION 1, 2016 5. Loss Cause definition. After conducting steps one through four, it is time to gather all information collected and define your loss cause. When written, a loss cause is expressed in statement form, rather than one or two words. Emphasis is placed in defining loss cause and effect relationships. This last step is critically important as it is the only way to address underlying root causes. Based on our“problem definition”in step two, the solution to our problem defined as a“loss cause definition”is: “The introduction of damaged pallets into the automatic palletizer frequently prevents its ejection track from fully taking hold of the underside of the pallet. The need and considerable difficulty of manually forcing damaged pallet loads out of the palletizer has caused injury to employees working in this area.” In this example, our actions should focus on addressing damaged pallets and engineering improvements to the palletizer area. If we had stopped when reaching step two of our analysis, we may have focused our efforts on“strain” injuries and developed a strategy that would include ineffec- tive solutions. After reaching a loss cause definition through these actions, you can understand specifically why past injuries occurred, and are able to implement safety measures that will produce the best outcome. E-mail: ©2016 Zenith Insurance Company. All Rights Reserved. ®Zenith is a registered U.S. service mark. Zenith Insurance Company assists employers in evaluating workplace safety exposures. Any recommendations and related services are not and should not be construed as legal advice or be used as a substitute for legal advice. Employee protection is ultimately the responsibility of the employer.