Incidents and work place fatalities are on the way up - not down.

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Latest risk analytics from the Emex dashboard indicate a continuing rise across all sectors


  500,000+ incidents and near work fatalities across all industry sectors were recorded on Emex dashboard over last year

Even in 2017, getting changes made in company policy or production process or sending a warning to executive management sometimes only happens if that frontline worker can navigate the internal company silos to the directors’ box.

This is until a building burns down or fatalities occur on site. Before this point H&S is often seen as a hassle or a boring part of the business. Which is interesting, because our latest risk analytics indicate that incidents and work place fatalities are on the way up not down. The translation is that operational risk is on the way up so risk management needs to improve.

Emex now works with over 100 global companies recording operational data. Our insights are increasing and we have developed a unique management dashboard where the CEO and directors can on a daily basis see the risk to their business on one screen. This year our software products have recorded 500,000+ incidents and near work fatalities across all industry sectors including Aviation, Construction, Oil and Gas, Petrochemicals and Food production.

These figures are up from this time last year.

Emex has found that these operational risk events come from changes in the risk environment of a business, The underlying reason is human error of which Emex have been working with our clients to track and understand the data and the source trends. Our analysis shows that these human factors fall into four broad reasons:

The failure and the breakdown of management control system

Which creates gaps in the organisation. Departments and organisations not communicating with each other — while senior management are marooned at the top of the organisation because no-one wants to tell them the bad news. Here potential risks are ignored, not addressed and there is no organisation wide response to stop accidents and fatalities. 

Lack of recognition of potential threats 

The uninformed workforce who are untrained to identify risks and work within an organisation which does not have the process in place to report and or take action.

No risk management process 

Organisations and managers who take the view “it wont happen to us” and never have the risk response or action plan in place.

Lack of communication around risk and response

This is simply a regular meeting or communication session where the business discusses potential risks to people, machinery and projects.

We believe that if business wants to solve the problems then operational risk requires broad-based awareness across the entire organisation. Everyone should have a broad understanding or awareness.

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