Leading indicators for health and safety performance assessment

The leading indicators of health and safety failures use case looked to support construction contractors in the collection and analysis of health and safety lead indicators intelligence as part of drives to promote more proactive health and safety practice on construction projects.  The work looked to define what make effective leading indicators of safety performance in different contexts and to support organisations in being able to use their routine organisational datasets more effectively so as to be better able to assign quantitative measures to the Key Performance Indicators they wish to monitor. A framework was developed to support this.

Building on this foundation this use case, leading indicators for health and safety performance assessment,  will work with organisations more directly to consider how their routine health and safety data could be put to better use with an aspiration to create digital solutions that organisations could make use of in this context.

Industry drivers

The health and safety digital technology market has numerous products aimed at supporting organisations in the collection and descriptive analysis of operational KPI’s, including those linked to safety related processes and outcomes. Very often these are linked to or form an integral part of an organisation’s enterprise content management system. However, for most of these products, the analytics performed is largely descriptive, to support operational reporting tasks, often through the use of score cards and dashboards. The use of KPI data collected for predictive analytic purposes, to directly inform inspection regimes and other interventions, is much less common.

Aims and objectives

Our work will explore the use KPI data collected for predictive analytic purposes, to directly inform inspection regimes and other interventions with an aim to help organisations maximise the potential to convert their routine operational data into effective leading indicator intelligence.  Including identifying specific areas of operations to provide the focus for intelligence gathering, identifying areas where existing organisational data could be better used and identifying gaps in intelligence where opportunities for generating routine data would be beneficial

Key benefits

  • Better strategic use of leading indicators of safety performance across the construction industry
  • better exploitation of existing data sources
  • plugging of data gaps 
  • Lay foundations for being able to deploy predictive analytic techniques 
  • Better targeting of health and safety resources 
  • Move from reactive to more proactive, preventative health and safety practice