Incident Cost Study


Activities on improvement of the occupational health and safety standards shall result in great potential benefit from a social and economic point of view not only to the employers, but also to the individuals and the society as a whole. Organizations are not always interested in measuring the costs that accompany incidents, even if the information about this can facilitate improvement of the situation in the field of occupational safety.

Large company conducted the study related to the implementation of the tool for analysis of incident costs. The work was carried out using interventionist methods aimed at solving the problems in the real organizational environment and at building the new management tools. The goal is the formation of safety culture based on priming behavior and preventive actions. The proposed cost analysis tool for incidents at the production environment consists of five macro sections. Its structure guarantees a certain level of flexibility of the approach, and at the same time provides for a satisfactory level of coverage of various items of expenditure. Technical and organizational factors are highlighted, which must be considered when assessing the costs of incident consequences elimination.

In the process of work the researchers faced with the number of limitations, such as the use of differentiation between simple and complex as the only criterion for incidents classification, inability of calculating the full cost of the incident based on insurance premium. Obtained results require further study. One of the areas of future study is analysis of costs and benefits as the basis for occupational safety and health management, as well as the identification and measurement of social costs in case of incidents.

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DOI: 10.24000/0409-2961-2019-10-20-27
Year: 2019
Issue num: October
Keywords : occupational safety costs injuries management social accounting
  • Fomin A.I.
    Fomin A.I.
    Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Leading Researcher (AO «NTs VostNII», Kemerovo, Russia), Head of the Department (KuzSTU, Kemerovo, Russia)
  • Pavlov A.F.
    Pavlov A.F.
    Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Prof., Laboratory Head AO «NTs VostNII», Kemerovo, Russia
  • Khalyavina M.N.
    Khalyavina M.N.
    Candidate KuzGTU named after T.F. Gorbachev, Kemerovo, Russia