Influencing Human Factors to Prevent Serious Injuries and Fatalities

  • Room: 308 A-D
  • Session Number:10
Monday, October 11, 2021: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Michael Breneman
Formerly Director Health and Safety (now retired)
Robert Braun
UT Arlington OSHA Education Center


The problem: How to influence and equip employees in the mining industry to partner with management and regulators to prevent serious injuries and fatalities. Mining is an industry in which employees are frequently exposed to very high energies in very difficult environments, and engaging all stakeholders to eliminate SIFs is of paramount importance to everyone in the chain – from shareholders to workers’ families. In this session, we’ll discuss individual behaviors and decision-making, recognizing and adjusting counterproductive cultural/organizational influences, and frontline and analytical tools that have been employed and are showing success (risk assessments, near-miss investigations and bowtie analysis).


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