February 22, 2023 | Mark Paradies

Are These Root Causes?

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Headline: “Inattention top cause of workers being struck by mobile equipment” … Are These Root Causes?

I saw an article from a safety organization with the headline above. The article went on to say that the “top 10” root causes for being struck by mobile equipment for people working in the corrugated industry are:

  1. Operators, pedestrians, and others in the workplace not paying attention to their surroundings
  2. Lack of traffic management plans
  3. Lack of training
  4. Lack of enforcement of policies
  5. No commitment to put measures in place to reduce risk
  6. Lack of safety processes
  7. Poor work environment (lack of rules/lack of enforcement with high-visibility vests)
  8. Lack of, or ineffective, policies
  9. Improper use of mobile equipment
  10. Not learning from incident reports (lack of awareness to take these incidents more seriously)

What do you think? Were these results from a facilitated root cause analysis with experts really root causes?

TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis

It’s hard to evaluate the results above without details from the actual accidents. Nonetheless, using TapRooT® RCA for the evaluation, it would seem that some of the “root causes” above are:

  • Causal Factors
  • Blame
  • Corrective Actions
  • Root Causes

One of the many advantages of using TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis is a consistent definition of a root cause and an RCA system that provides guidance in identifying human performance and equipment-related root causes.

Here are Mark Paradies and Benna Hughes talking about guided root cause analysis…

Learn More About TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis

TapRooT® Root Cause Tree®

How can you learn more about:

  • TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis
  • SnapCharT® Diagrams
  • Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting
  • The Root Cause Tree® Diagram
  • Finding Causal Factors
  • Using the Root Cause Tree® Dictionary
  • Using the Corrective Action Helper® Guide
  • Using the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Software

That’s easy! The fastest and best way to learn more is one of our TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Courses.

The course that teaches the essential TapRooT® RCA techniques is the 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course or the 3-Day VIRTUAL TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course.

The course for people who mainly investigate equipment reliability or equipment failure incidents is the 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course.

And for those who investigate minor incidents, equipment failures, and major accidents, there is the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training.

To see the dates and locations for our public TapRooT® RCA Training, CLICK HERE.

To schedule a course at your site, contact one of our TapRooT® Implementation Advisors by CLICKING HERE.

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Don’t procrastinate! When you miss the opportunity to identify the real root causes of precursor incidents, you provide an opportunity for a major accident to occur. Learn to apply TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis to prevent accidents and stop major accidents from happening.

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