Helix Safety is a partnership of highly successful safety consultancy and training providers, with experience at the sharp end in the Oil & Gas, Construction and Heavy Engineering sectors. We offer organisations the benefit of our experience gained over many years in safety management, in-field training, and best practice, coupled with insight and knowledge on current thinking in human factors. Our passion for, and commitment to, health & safety training matters is absolute, and we would welcome the opportunity to assist your organisation to continually improve its HSE performance.
From years of working in our respective fields, we have identified a number of reasons why defences fail and incidents occur in organisations. While most organisations have a comprehensive safety management system which is suitable and sufficient for their needs, it is often the case that the effectiveness of that system is unknowingly or inadvertently undermined. Common causes of deviations from require_onced standards include:
- Training is delivered with little or no post training follow up to ensure that their knowledge is applied to the workplace.
- Those managing the training effort fail to ensure that content and material is tailored to delegates' needs, with the result that attendees do not understand the training's relevance to their own circumstance
- Incident investigations and safety intervention conversations address superficial and immediate issues, but do not 'drill deep enough' to expose underlying systematic causes and behavioural activators
- Risk assessments are carried out to justify the proposed task being given the go ahead, rather than to identify and quantify the inherent hazard and risk potential posed by the planned work
- Line managers unwittingly communicate mixed messages about the relative importance of HSE practices and initiatives
Most incidents occur because of behaviours at various levels within the organisation which weaken established health & safety defences. This can be due to one or more of the above reasons, or merely because of 'organisational drift'.