June 6, 2023 | Susan Napier-Sewell

What does a bad day look like? Hard-working puppy


Sometimes, we forget to do something so something else won’t happen, and when that happens, we usually pay a price . . . as in the case of this hard-working puppy. He saw all the tissue paper and decided to help by opening all the packages!

Well, it was left out for the hard-working puppy to play with, right? (Note: When you have a puppy, you have to think like a puppy to avoid walking into something like the picture.)

When we forget to do something so something else won’t happen, we are, in general, inviting trouble. That’s why our TapRooT® System and instructors teach their classes to resolve precursor incidents and how to resolve precursor incidents.

The president/CEO of System Improvements Inc., Mark Paradies, is also the hard-working co-creator of the TapRooT® System.

Mark advises us that precursor incidents are “Minor incidents that could have been a major accident if one or two more Safeguards would have failed.”

Additionally, he informs us more about precursors and precursor incidents and why they are what they are (and why precursors/precursor incidents are not near-misses):

“A precursor to:

  • a fatality
  • a major injury
  • an environmental disaster
  • the loss of a major customer (quality issue near-miss)
  • a major financial loss

“Do those precursors incidents sound more serious?

“Would this terminology get management’s attention?

  • a precursor to a fatality
  • a precursor to a major injury
  • a precursor to an environmental disaster
  • a precursor to the loss of a major customer
  • a precursor to a major financial loss

“A ‘precursor’ implies that something WILL happen in the future if we don’t do something. We can be very close to a disaster that will happen if we don’t make changes.”

Why do industry leaders choose TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis to train their teams to be the best problem-solvers?

At System Improvements Inc., we teach organizations to recognize and fix smaller issues in order to prevent repeat incidents or major accidents. 

Sign up for a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training Course

Circumstances can crop up anywhere at any time if proper and safe sequences and procedures are not planned and followed. We encourage you to learn and use the TapRooT® System to find and fix problems.

TapRooT® has a team of investigators and instructors with years of extensive training ready to offer assistance worldwide. We also offer ongoing support to our clients through free newsletters and Root cause tip videos, the root cause analysis blog, and our annual Global TapRooT® Summit.

Register for one of our courses. We offer a basic 2-Day course and an advanced 5-Day courseContact us or call 865.539.2139 about having a course at your site or for further root cause analysis opportunities. We’re here to find solutions for you.

TapRooT® courses are taught all over the world; if you need specific times or locations, please see our full selection of courses. We are also available to train you and your staff on-site at your workplace; reach out to discuss your needs. Call us at 865.539.2139 for any questions you may have.

What Does a Bad Day Look Like?
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