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Making the most of Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) and Incidents

Making the most of Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) and Incidents

I once read that “from every diversity, there always arises an equal or greater opportunity for change”.

An interesting quote, especially in this time of COVID-19, but how can this relate to the lost time injuries (LTIs) in business? Having any lost time injury in any business is disruptive, and can impact on not only the victim, but also to many facets of a business, internally and externally.

We could look at any LTI or any other accident/incident as an opportunity to improve on the business operations. It’s ok to set lofty goals to measure the number (or lack) of LTIs, but what is important is the corrective action plans and measurement processes that you put in place to prevent the event from re-occurring.

Looking at incidents differently

When considering incidents, at Hasmate we take a different approach to this type of event. We don’t just apply incidents to physical injuries to your employees, but also applies to any incident or event that impacts on products, buildings, processes, or systems of the business.

Like LTIs, any business that has a culture of continuous improvement can turn a negative into a positive, and if managed effectively, into profit.

The cost of Lost Time Injuries (LTIs)

Too often, the event is either brushed under the table, or recorded, discussed, and filed as just another event that is part of business.

An often-overlooked component of LTIs or any incident is the identification, recording, and measurement of all the contributing factors and costs associated to the event. Often, it’s when this is undertaken that the penny drops as to how costly the event really was, and that any mitigation strategies are minimal compared to the actual cost of the incident.

This is where any incident or LTI can be the catalyst and opportunity for change, improvement, and for greater profit.

How many LTIs is your business having?

If you are recording LTIs in the Hasmate program as an incident, there are two reports that you can use.

Most users use the “Incident Type” – so there is a report (found under “Reporting”, then “Community Reports”) called “LTI Report – based on Incident Type“.  It allows you to choose a date range for the incident, and choose whether to show all or one incident type (e.g. just LTIs – if you have LTI set up as an incident type option).

Other users use the “Incident Category” – so there is a report (found under “Reporting”, then “Community Reports”) called “LTI Report – based on Incident Category“.  It allows you to choose a date range for the incident, and choose whether to show all or one incident category (e.g. just LTIs – if you have LTI set up as an incident category option).

Note – because the “Incident Type” and “Incident Category” fields are master files, they can be changed to whatever the user wants.  Because of this, it is possible for neither report to be appropriate for a user, if they are not using either Master File, or are using a different Master File for this information.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further.