Predicting Injuries Through Leading Indicators and Big Data

Thursday • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM • Location: Ryman Studio H

Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D.
Process Change Leader
Predictive Solutions

Safety is overflowing with data from observations to near misses. Unfortunately, this critical safety intelligence is often not used, miss-used, or just plain ignored. It's now possible to perform complex analytics with increased computing power. This talk will help participants learn different ways of using their safety data through big data and the Internet of Things. Through a case study and research on 500 million audits, participants will gain insights on techniques to gain predictive power from their safety analytics to predict, prevent, and eliminate incidents and injuries on the job.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. From research, understand the 4 Safety Truths of your observation process
  2. Learn how to apply predictive analytics to your safety data
  3. Describe the keys to creating value from your safety observations

Chuck Pettinger has over 30 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating culture step-change initiatives. His major interests include developing large-scale corporate behavior change processes, assessing industrial safety cultures, using advanced predictive analytics to develop leading indicators and conducting organizational Leadership Workshops.

Chuck has consulted with a wide variety of industries including Bayer, Bechtel, BD Biosciences, Bombardier, Caterpillar, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Cummins, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, Kiewit, Kaiser Permanente, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Monsanto, NSTAR, National Grid, Pfizer, PP&L, Southern Company, Turner, TVA, Union Pacific, United Rentals & Xcel Energy.

Chuck earned his bachelor’s from the University of Florida, his masters from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his doctorate from Virginia Tech under Dr. E. Scott Geller. Before joining Predictive Solutions, Chuck was a Senior Project Manager with the Safety Performance Solutions and a Grant Project Manager with Virginia Tech. While at Virginia Tech, Chuck completed many research grants including a two-year project funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health titled "Critical Aspects of Behavior-Based Safety."

Chuck is a Certified Behavior Analyst and has served as a Behavioral Program Specialist for the State of Florida and other private industries. In addition to being twice named 101 Top Leaders in Safety by ISHN, Chuck has authored many training/technical manuals while designing, customizing and developing training materials for use in industry and government agencies. In addition, he has numerous published abstracts and papers and many scheduled speaking engagements at professional conferences yearly, including invited international multi-day workshops in Africa, Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, India and Singapore.


  • Developing large-scale corporate culture change initiatives
  • Coaching leadership in the creation of a continuous improvement safety culture
  • Designing, implementing, and evaluating safety improvement initiatives for inspections, audits and behavioral observations
  • Applying next generation predictive analytics to develop leading indicators to predict injuries and save lives