Take Your Risk Control Efforts to New Heights

Semi truck on empty highway. Risk control

Implementing an effective risk control technique requires advance analysis and planning. No one wants to expend resources on a solution that may look good on paper, but once implemented, fails to address the intended risk properly.
As you can see in the graphic below, eliminating hazards that increase the risk of a loss is the most effective risk control technique. Eliminating a hazard could be as simple as changing a driver’s route to avoid a specific hazard or removing a defective piece of equipment from the shop.
If eliminating a hazard is not possible, examine other risk control options and be ready to make tweaks until the risk is addressed to your satisfaction. That being said, here are some additional tips to take your risk control efforts to new heights.


Establish a company culture that promotes safety at all levels. Part of this effort includes management’s commitment to evaluating risk control options and considering ways to help eliminate or reduce hazards that may lead to a loss.


Encourage employees to report hazards. Management may not be aware certain hazards exist. Communication up and down the chain of command is key to raising awareness and gathering data essential to finding the proper risk control technique. Including employees in the control techniques selected also helps with their buy-in and support.


Once a risk control technique is implemented, such as wearing PPE or using a machine guard on a piece of equipment in the shop, hold employees accountable for utilizing it.


Praise team members for their use and support of risk control measures. Likewise, when the actions taken result in loss reduction, celebrate this achievement. Make it fun. This will encourage ongoing participation in safety initiatives.


  • Analyze risks to determine which hazards may be eliminated.

  • Conduct regular facility inspections to ensure risk control measures are used.

  • Consider installing fender-mounted mirrors on all tractors as an engineering control to help prevent lane change crashes.

The information in this article is provided as a courtesy of Great West Casualty Company and is part of the Value-Driven® Company program. Value-Driven Company was created to help educate and inform insureds so they can make better decisions, build a culture that values safety, and manage risk more effectively. To see what additional resources Great West Casualty Company can provide for its insureds, please contact your safety representative, or click below to find an agent.

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