Assumptions in Risk Assessment

The Sydney Harbour Bridge has a number of lanes in each direction. The middle lanes change direction depending on the time of the day and the peak traffic flow, as indicated by a green arrow or a red cross.

Which lane do you think has the highest number of accidents?

  1. The lane furthest from the on-coming traffic.
  2. The middle lane.
  3. The lanes adjacent to on-coming traffic, that change direction throughout the day.

Given the fact that the highest volume of cars travel through the middle lane, does this change your decision? The addition of quality information is powerful in guiding correct decisions.

We often make assumptions about possible risk. When it comes to reducing workplace injury risk, there is often a lack of objective information behind many of the decisions that are made. For example, employers often provide manual handling training with a primary focus on the manual handling techniques for specific tasks, but completely neglect the other major factors that we know can cause manual handling injuries, such as individual movement patterns, fatigue, stress, engagement, age, prior injury etc. This neglect is due to the lack of quality information available to contribute to the decision making process.

Preventure can now provide you with the technology to enable you to measure the movements of workers whilst performing specific work tasks, and measure the fatigue throughout a shift. This enables you to identify injury risks in an accurate and valid manner, helping to reduce assumptions and prevent injury.

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