Friday, November 22 | 8:15AM-3:30PM

General Session Presentation: Signals of Vulnerability to Catastrophic Loss

Thomas R Krause, Ph.D.

Organizational Psychologist, Ojai, CA

Certain leadership and cultural attributes in your organization can be signs that your workplace has more than average risk of severe loss.  But few organizations have the benefit of this knowledge. Dr. Thomas Krause, a leading authority on fatality and severe loss prevention, will provide an overview of the leadership and culture attributes that signal vulnerability to serious and fatal events and discuss the method for developing this knowledge in your organization. 

Dr. Krause, an organizational psychologist and thought leader, is the founder of Behavioral Science Technology, Inc. a global safety consulting firm acquired by DEKRA in 2012.  He is presently a member of DEKRA Insight Board of Advisors. Following the Columbia space shuttle tragedy, Dr. Krause led the BST team and personally coached NASA’s top leaders. For the past ten years, Dr. Krause has focused on executive leadership development and more recently, on organizational solutions for serious injury and fatality prevention.

Workshop: Implementing a Fatality Prevention Process

Don Martin, MPH, CIH, CSP

Vice President, Executive Consultant, BST, Ojai, CA



In this session, you will receive a set of recommendations for the implementation of a fatality prevention process.  You will learn the factors and variables that need to be considered to maximize effectiveness of your plan.  Using these elements, you will participate in a group collaborative effort to develop a model prevention process that can be applied in any organzation.

Concurrent Sessions

Round III: Techniques for Preventing the Worst

9. Using Pre-Task Briefs to Identify and Eliminate Fatality Risks

Fatalities and catastrophic events are often the result of the unidentified hazards or unanticipated risks associated with the work tasks being performed.  A structured briefing process, utilized before a task begins can provide significant insight into the risks associated with the work assignment and the countermeasures to be employed to mitigate those risks.  In this session, you will learn how to use this process before anyone is in harm’s way, and take away a format for conducting effective pre-task briefing for critical tasks.

Ron Pryor CSP
Owner and Principal Consultant, Pryor Experience LLC, Bettendorf, IA

10. Significant Improvement in Fatality Prevention is Achievable

In the late 1980s, DuPont management made a commitment to reduce the risk of injuries to employees and contractors from electrical hazards in company operations. Goals for sustainable improvement were established, financial support provided and dedicated people empowered to reduce the probability of electrical incidents, injuries and fatalities.

After 20 years, there has been significant reduction in severity and frequency of electrical injuries, particularly fatalities in the company.  In this session, attendees will learn how these advanced safety management techniques can be applied to any industry.

H. Landis "Lanny" Floyd PE, CSP, CMRP, Fellow IEEE
Principal Consultant and Global Electrical Safety Competency Leader, DuPont, Wilmington, DE

11. Don’t Be Fooled by Falls

Falls are a misunderstood hazard.  The reality is that falls can and do cause fatalities and catastrophic losses.  Falls are the second most common cause of death in the workplace.  Conducting a risk assessment specific to falls can significanly reduce risk to your workforce and your organization.  In this session, attendees will learn to better manage the exposure of fall hazards.

Thomas Kramer P.E., CSP
Principal, LJB, Inc, Dayton, OH

12. Proven Solutions from Prevention through Design (PtD)

Causal data from fatal and serious injury suggests that decisions arising from the PtD process play a central role in avoidance of catastrophic events.   By designing out causal factors, you are implementing proven solutions which are at the core of mitigating high-potential risks that operators, maintenance workers, contractors and public may face.   In this session, you will learn the strategy and proven solutions to severe loss avoidance derived from PtD.

Dave Walline, CSP
Global Safety Leader, Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio

Round IV : Implementing Your Prevention Plan

13. A Hurt-Free Approach to Safety

This approach is used by ExxonMobil’s Upstream Companies organization-wide as the philosophy of passionate safety leadership for the prevention of all workforce injuries and illnesses.  Attendees of this session will receive a methodology for evaluating the high-consequence potential of safety incidents and how this information is used by ExxonMobil to drive the prioritization of resources, investigation technique, corrective actions, and the analysis of high risk activities

Michael Smith
Safety Advisor, ExxonMobil Development Company, Houston, TX

14. The Secret Behind Effective Risk Management of Catastrophic Events

At the very heart of risk management for fatalities and severe losses is effective implementation – are the risk mitigation activities having the desired effected and how can you tell?  This may be the most elusive component of the risk management lifecycle.  While the ingredients for delivering a top-tier risk management program are relatively simple, the skills needed to prevent major incidents take a lot more engagement and skill. This session is dedicated to the prevention of fatalities and catastrophes by showcasing a couple of simple yet proven tools and a focus on often intangible keys of success.

Dave Anderson BComm Fnce
Global D&C HSE, Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, Alberta

15. The Chevron Fatality Prevention Effort

Building on internal studies and external workgroup involvement, the Chevron fatality prevention team was chartered in 2011.  The goal was to enhance safe execution of activities identified as having the highest potential for workforce fatalities.   The team provided tools and guidance to the Chevron workforce.  These were focused on helping work teams identify the activities that have the highest potential for workforce fatalities, the task-specific mechanisms of injury and the safeguards that should be in place to potentially prevent serious incidents from occurring.  Join this session to understand the tools and guidance that Chevron developed for their workforce and lessons learned on integrating fatality prevention into existing processes.

Ryan Ott
Operational Excellence Strategic Projects Manager, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, CA