Reducing Serious Injuries & Fatalities - Three Approaches & Their Effectiveness

Workshop Session, Tuesday, November 6
9:00 am - 11:30 am

For at least the last decade, organizations in the forefront of safety performance have noticed a disturbing trend – while overall injury rates have been steadily declining, serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) have either been reduced at a much slower rate or, in many cases, have actually stopped improving altogether. Some companies are even beginning to question if their “Zero Harm” initiatives and focus on the TRIR number are actually making this situation worse by diluting the focus of improvement strategies away from what really matters. This session will look at three different approaches for improving what is arguably an organization’s most important safety performance metric.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session, each participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the strengths and limitations of reducing SIFs in the three major influence areas for safety: Personal, Social and Structural.
  2. Gain insight into the tools required to operate successfully in the personal area and learn why normal workplace safety tools aren't effective for portable 24/7 use.
  3. Re-wire automatic (subconscious) brain processes to help protect from SIFs 24/7 through: Real Experiences (the school of “Hard Knocks”), Vicarious Experiences (learning from the “War Stories” of others) and Imagined Experiences (thinking about possible severe negative outcomes after a minor injury or close call when SIF potential exists).


Don Wilson

Don’s working background includes over 25 years of experience in Instructional Design, Vocational Education, E-Learning, Industrial Education and Health & Safety Training. As a motivational speaker on 24/7 safety concepts, he has been a frequent presenter at corporate health and safety meetings, as well as NSC, ASSE and VPPPA conferences at both the national and local level.

Machinery Safety Roadmap – From a Safety Culture to a Safe Machine

Workshop Session, Tuesday, November 6
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Machinery and employee safety programs are driven by various factors: a safety incident resulting in injury, an OSHA inspection, or a company’s safety culture. No matter what the driver, following a proven process to compliant machinery safety and standardized employee processes on the plant floor ensures best practice results for a safer working environment.

During interactive hands-on group sessions, attendees will learn about:

  • Workplace risk assessment for a safer work environment
  • The latest safety standards and how to apply safety standards to a machinery risk assessment
  • Comprehensive approach to a machinery risk assessment.
  • How to apply calculation of risk levels during a detailed mock risk assessment

Key takeaways:

  • Review of most common machinery safety drivers
  • Overview of the latest machinery safety standards
  • Learn how a roadmap to machinery safety delivers best practice solutions
  • Participate in group exercises to apply safety standards and conduct an interactive mock machinery safety risk assessment.


Sean Daswani

Sean Daswani, P.E., Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland), Senior Electrical Engineer and Machine Safety Business Leader. He is a Professional Engineer with more than 14 years’ experience in the industry. As the Machine Safety Business Leader, Daswani manages a team of engineers that perform all parts of a machine safety life cycle including: Risk Assessments, Safety Design, Implementation, and Validation. He possesses a wide range of knowledge of control systems and has lead Polytron’s programming standards team responsible for developing standards for the changing controls environments. He has served as a Project Leader and Project Manager on a variety of projects, and consulted on complex system designs and implementations. Daswani is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Georgia Tech and Certified Functional Safety Engineer from TÜV Rheinland. He is a published author and presenter of safety related topics.


Josh Draa

Joshua Draa, PE, Senior Engineer, CMSE - Certified Machinery Safety Expert (TÜV NORD). Josh has over seven years of engineering experience providing industrial automation systems integration and electrical engineering services within the food and beverage, consumer products, and paper industries. He is experienced in safety system design, and safety validation, system and control theory analysis, power distribution, and control panel design. As part of the Polytron Machinery Safety Solutions team, Josh conducts risk assessments, defines the plan, designs the solution, implements and validates the design of manufacturing safety projects for clients across multiple industries helping companies create a safe workplace for their employees. Josh holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and CMSE - Certified Machinery Safety Expert (TÜV NORD). He is also a member of IEEE and ISA.