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Safety Analytics for the Energy and Resources Sector

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coertImagine if you could identify the next person most likely to get injured in your workplace. What would be the impact on liabilities, budget, culture and processes if you could tell which members of your workforce are most at risk?

The escalating focus on safe work environments is placing increasing demands on organisations to adapt their approach to one of the most serious of risks. Deloitte Forensic has developed powerful analytic techniques to answer these specific questions and provide greater depth and clarity to occupational health and safety reporting systems within the energy and resources sector. For example, our innovative approach could empirically answer questions such as:

  • How does the weather affect your safety record?
  • How does your production levels affect accidents?
  • Is the “Fly in Fly Out” workforce more risky than the local workforce?

Safety analytics can provide insight, sometimes counter intuitive insights, on the critical safety issue faced by many organisations in the energy and resources sector. It helps an energy and resources business promote sustainability, cost containment and safety in the workplace.

For example, Deloitte recently showed an energy and resources client that their incidents are not necessarily related to new, inexperienced staff. Our analysis revealed the effectiveness of training programs but also helped better refine the target audience of future OH&S programs.

Sustainable enterprises act in a responsible manner toward their employees and contractors by providing and encouraging a safe working environment. This means incorporating safety concepts into health and wellness initiatives. The limitations of the traditional approach to managing a safe work environment through safety assessments and audits can be avoided by the ability of the company to source, interpret and predict all of the information available.

  • Unfortunately, most organisations do not have the specialist analytical capability required to examine the vast amount of data associated with its safety profile. The multiple systems within which safety and employee data reside is a limitation that may affect the ability to prevent staff injuries, workforce and family trauma, cost of insurance and workers compensation and the costs of lost production, reputation and directors liability.

Safety analytics is a systematic process that engages your data by utilising a variety of sophisticated data analysis techniques to identify behavioural relationships, profiles and employees that are more at risk. We can help energy and resources companies identify myths and new patterns that were not previously apparent when using standard analysis techniques and manual processes.

Advanced analytical data analysis and volumes of sometimes incomplete data are the cornerstones of safety analytics. Safety analytics can be applied to the simple investigation of accidents or to sophisticated statistical modelling and data mining. Safety analytics can:

  • Provide insight into drivers of accidents, injuries, severity, and duration
  • Identify and monitor clear leading indicators
  • Identify work zones or work processes with the highest propensity for accidents and injuries
  • Identify accidents that are most likely to lead to injuries
  • Identify training needs relating to safety and loss control
  • Improve understanding of what personal protective equipment should be used
  • Support implementation of targeted health, safety, and wellness initiatives.   

With the power of predictive analytics, based on internal and external data, organisations can get an understanding of the work force and its specific safety needs before a project begins.

Benefits include:

  • Help to predict which employees are more at risk of injury in the workplace and identify which rosters, equipment, or team combinations are leading to down-time
  • Help to identify which safety training and fatigue management processes are not working. This can be delivered from one unified safety analytical model
  • Help develop recommendations regarding operational changes (potentially including issues around recruitment, training, rostering and hours worked)
  • Measurement of the effectiveness of your own safety compliance program and internal efforts in minimising risk
  • The ability to report and track progress of operational changes.

Utilising technology to analyse information not previously considered can greatly assist in understanding the causes of accidents and injuries which in turn can help focus resources on implementing safety enhancements and other risk-reducing interventions. Instead of wasting time and resources on areas that already have positive safety or loss characteristics, safety analytics helps focus on factors that cause elevated accident and injury rates and increased severity of injuries as well as help address issues of customer safety.

For further information about Deloitte Forensic’s safety analytics please contact Coert du Plessis or refer to our Deloitte Analytics website.

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