2nd Edition

The Cause, Effect, and Control of Accidental Loss

By Ron C. McKinnon Copyright 2023
    216 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    200 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    The Cause, Effect, and Control of Accidental Loss takes the reader through 15 phases of a typical workplace accident and shows how accidents can be prevented by the introduction of safety management controls in the form of a structured health and safety management system (SMS). It proposes that once the event has been triggered, there is no certainty as to the outcome, so workplaces should rely on proactive safety actions rather than reactive ones. Now fully updated, this new edition expands on the important concepts from the first edition, including hazard identification, risk assessment, flawed safety management systems, the potential for loss, and management control.

    This title:

    • Challenges the paradigm that the measure of consequence (losses) is a good indicator of safety effort
    • Introduces three luck factors that determine the course of the accident sequence
    • Explains what causes accidents, their consequences, and how to prevent them
    • Showcases accident immediate causes including high-risk (unsafe) acts and high-risk (unsafe) conditions

    The text is an essential read for professionals, graduate students, and academics in the field of occupational health, safety, and industrial hygiene.

    Part One: Accidental Loss – The Cause. 1. Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment.  2. Weak or Flawed Safety Management System (SMS).  3. Root Causes of Accidental Loss.  4. Accident Immediate Causes – High-Risk Acts and Conditions.  5. Luck Factor 1.  6. Near-Miss Incidents – Under Slightly Different Circumstances.  7. Potential for Loss.  8. Exposure, Impact, or Exchange of Energy. Part Two: Accidental Loss – The Effect. 9. Luck Factor 2.  10. Injury, Illness, and Disease.  11. Property and Equipment Damage.  12.
    Business Interruption.  13. Luck Factor 3.  14. Severity of an Injury.  15. Costs of Accidental Loss. Part Three: Accidental Loss – The Control. 16. Safety Management Functions.  17. Safety Management Control.  18. Health and Safety Management Systems (SMS). 


    Ron C. McKinnon is a retired professional member of the ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals) and an honorary member of the Institute of Safety Management. He is currently a health and safety management system consultant, safety culture change agent, motivator, and trainer. He is often a keynote speaker at safety conferences and consults with international organizations.