Organizational Weaknesses Contribute To Everday Emergencies

Accidents don’t just happen.  Accidents can be traced to weaknesses in organizational structure in several key areas. The most common areas that contribute to mishaps are lack of policy or direction, lack of training, human frailty (working while tired, sleepy or intoxication) lack of analysis of risk management data and other data and lack of having a clear hazard and risk assessment. Most organizations do well in their business model because that is where they have their expertise.  However, most businesses have very little experience in preventing accidents and injuries that lead to the organization being crippled and having high overhead or employee costs.

Since most emergencies on the job are related to human error, organizations need to track and analyze the most occurring themes and create and strengthen their policies to control  these failures.  Organizational controls must be in place to prevent and eliminate emergencies.  Managers must be given the tools to anticipate, catch and recover from workplace errors which are commonly referred to as accidents.  The first step to turning things around in the organization is to recognize accidents and emergencies as failures. These failures can be anticipated because they are usually a result of a failure to create effective policies and the failure to enforce policies.  While to err is human, it is for that very reason we need to have an effective policy and program in place to control errors.

Employees and managers alike need to understand that the organization would be in a better position to give out raises and bonuses if the costs for worker’s compensation and other costs related to accidents and injuries weren’t so high.  Most organizations have incentives on getting hurt and accidents because no one is really held accountable to prevent them.  Organizations can make progress if they had more incentives to avoid accidents and injuries. This blog and Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants are dedicated to educating business owners and employees on the need to manage emergencies everyday through effective mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery actions. Accidents can be reduced, eliminated and their effects can be lessened if a good strategy is adopted.

If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees checkout my website (Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants) and contact me via email at for a free consultation.


About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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