Fatality Prevention Forum 2012

  • About the Forum

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the Alcoa Foundation, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Edison Mission Group, and United States Steel, hosted a national two-day forum on October 29 and 30, 2012, to study the nature and cause of fatalities in the workplace, as well as prevention strategies. This forum is a natural extension of the 2007 Fatality Prevention forum.

    Watch a video summary of the Fatality Prevention Forum.

    Forum Objectives

    • Identify practical approaches a facility can use to develop a risk profile.
    • Recognize the most effective leadership styles and organizational attributes necessary for a fatality-prevention effort, including but not limited to training, root-cause analysis, and employee engagement.
    • Determine the role of human-performance concepts in preventing fatalities, especially as it relates to human-systems integration and the recognition/elimination of error precursors.
    • Evaluate the influence of an individual’s perception of risk, the required mental and physical aspects of the task, latent conditions, and performance modes as they relate to fatality prevention.
    • Discover best practices, innovative technological concepts, and tools that have the potential to transform our ability to identify, assess, mitigate, or eliminate the risk of fatal and life-altering injuries.
    • Identify areas of future safety research and public policy that could drive significant improvement in the ability to predict and prevent fatalities

    Forum Presentations

    Forum Breakout Sessions

    • Leadership/Organizational Attributes (Facilitators: Steve Newell, Glenn Murray)
      • Slide 2 - Top 5 Best Practices
      • Slide 4 - Executive Management Leadership – SIF Oversight - Hank Schmulling, Duke-Energy
      • Slides 6–7 - Reducing Risk Through Pre-task Hazard Assessment - Roger F. Evans CSP, CHMM, GE Energy
      • Slide 8 - Summary of Leadership Discussion – Current & New Areas of Focus
      • Slide 9 - Summary of Management Systems Discussion – Continuous Improvements & Gaps to be Filled
      • Slide 10 - Summary of Metrics – Current & Proposed
    • Defining Your Risk Profile (Facilitators: Cordell Petz, Larry Hettinger)
      • Slides 2–4 - Assessment of Management of Change - John P. Burke, OSH Risk Manager, Corning Incorporated
      • Slides 5–31 - Procedural Checklist - Michael Granata, Appalachian Power Company
      • Slides 33–34 - Site Risk Prioritization Tool - David J. Neal , Corporate Director, Safety and Health, PPG Industries
      • Slides 35–47 - Risk based decision making based on Facility Risk Profiles - Jan van Aarle , Director EHS L&A and Global Occupational Safety, Janssen Pharmaceutica, (J&J)
      • Slides 48–50 - Conducting routine assessments to manage high risk processes - Mark Eliopulos, Kaiser Aluminum
      • Slides 51–57 - Formal Risk Assessment Process - Brian Wagner, Manager, Safety & Health, ArcelorMittal USA
      • Slides 58–73 - Application of Personality Inventory Methods - John (Skip) Aldridge, Jr., The Aldridge Group
      • Slides 74–75 - Real-Time Hazard Assessment Technique - Brian Wagner, ArcelorMittal  
    • Effective Risk Assessment Methodologies (Facilitators: John Mulroy, Bill Gradie)
      • Slide 2 - Effective Risk Assessment Methodology Breakout Objectives
      • Slide 4 - Layers of Protection (LOP) - Laurie Shelby, Alcoa 
      • Slide 6 - Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (HIRA) Process - Jeff Dierdorf, U.S. Steel 
      • Slides 8 - 17 - Formal Risk Assessment, HIRAC – lite, Pre-Job Briefing (PJB) - Stephen Thompson, ArcelorMittal USA, Don Westerhoff, ArcelorMittal Weirton 
      • Slide 19 - Catastrophic Potential Incident Review Process - Thomas Baldauff, PPG industries, Inc. 
      • Slide 21 - Major Incident Studies to Determine Activities With Most Acute Exposure Potential to SIF - Ryan Ott, Chevron 
      • Slide 22 - Gap Identification/Areas for Future Research
    • Effective Hazard Controls for High Risk Tasks (Facilitator: Jeff Shockey)
      • Slide 2 – Definition of a High Risk Task
      • Slide 4 - Reducing risk by promoting a lesson’s learned culture - Jeff Shockey, Alcoa
      • Slide 6 - Reducing risk through control of overtime and fatigue management - Raymond S. Higgs, CSP - TRW
      • Slide 8 - Reducing risk through pre-job/task briefings - Jeff Shockey, Alcoa
      • Slide 10 - Reducing risk through pre-job planning - A.J. DeRose, Indianapolis Power & Light Co.
      • Slide 12 - Reducing the risk through focused risk assessment of critical tasks and processes - Brian Garrett, EH&S Manager, Ternium USA
      • Slide 14 - Best Practice Human Performance Plus Hazard Controls - John T Miller, Entergy Services Inc.
      • Slide 16 - Reducing Risk of an Unexpected Release During Line Breaks - P. Brandon Mausel, CSP, DuPont Global Workplace Safety Competency Leader Slide 18 & 19 - Reducing risk through applied technology - Jeff Shockey, Alcoa
      • Slide 21 - Reducing risk through changes in job design and work methods - David I. Jacobi, Kimberly-Clark
      • Slide 23–24 - Reducing risk through changes in job design and work methods - Ken Joerger, International Paper  
    • Managing the Contractor/Contracted Services Risk (Facilitator: Pam Walaski, Eric Nelson) 
      • Slides 2–5 - General Breakout Discussion Best Practices
      • Slide 7 - Multiple Company Best Practice - Alcoa, Chevron, Flour Const, Duke Energy and GM
      • Slides 9–11 - Improving Deficient Contractor Performance - Kathy Wilmer, Duke Energy
      • Slides 13–14 - H&S Contractor Management System - Mike Dwyer, ArcelorMittal
      • Slides 16–17 - Risk Assessment Process - Dave Bielecki, ArcelorMittal
      • Slides 19–21 - Reducing risk through Implementation of Global Safe Permit to Work Program - Heath Huschak, Koppers
      • Slides 23–24 - Engaged leadership taking project ownership - Robert T. Geary, General Motors Corp.
      • Slides 26–41 - Contractor Safety at United States Steel Corporation - Edward Mazurkiewicz, US Steel  

    Forum Best Practice Showcase

    List of Fatality Prevention Forum Participants


    A special thank you to our sponsors:

    Platinum Sponsor:
    Alcoa Foundation

    Alcoa Foundation has been a longstanding supporter of the IUP Safety Sciences program. This is the second forum of its kind hosted by IUP in collaboration with Alcoa Foundation. The first event was held in November 2007.

    “Alcoa Foundation is committed to educational activities around safety and workforce redevelopment, and we see this conference as a great opportunity to raise the awareness of safety issues across the manufacturing industry,” said Paula Davis, president of Alcoa Foundation. “We’re proud to be a supporter of the Fatality Prevention Forum.”

    Gold Sponsor:
    DuPont Sustainable Solutions

    DuPont Sustainable Solutions has arranged for Captain Chesley Sullenberger to be our dinner speaker on October 29, 2012. Captain Sullenberger is an international hero lauded for his successful emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York City’s Hudson River on January, 15, 2009. DuPont and Captain Sullenberger share similar philosophies on the importance of leadership, teamwork, and operating discipline as building blocks to sustainable performance. He shares his story with a variety of executive-level DuPont clients as an example of decision making in diverse, complex situations and has been involved in the joint creation of training programs about the importance of these building blocks in developing robust safety and sustainability cultures.

    Bronze Sponsors:
    Edison Mission Group

    “Edison Mission Group is committed to achieving our vision of a sustainable, injury-free culture across our fleet of nearly 50 facilities nationwide which use coal, gas, and wind to generate electricity,” said John Kennedy, senior vice president, EMG Generation. “To achieve our vision, EMG recognizes the value of benchmarking and sharing best safety-management practices across industry. Through our sponsorship, we are proud to be a part of sharing effective prevention tools and strategies during the 2012 Fatality Prevention in the Workplace forum.”

    United States Steel Corporation

    United States Steel Corporation is proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 Fatality Prevention Forum. United States Steel has a heritage of safety excellence dating back to the foundation of our company and we believe that the prevention of incidents in the workplace is not only the right thing to do but is also good business. We are committed to continuous improvement of our safety processes supporting a sustainable work culture in which safety is internalized by all employees as their primary core value. This forum aligns with our beliefs and safety values and provides a fantastic opportunity for the sharing of best practices, strategies, and achievements in the area of fatality prevention. Proactive implementation and use of the knowledge from this forum will support the expectations of the families of all of our employees—the safe return of their loved ones at the end of each workday.