Using Energy to Assess Potential Injury Severity

Part of the Energy-Based Safety series, discover a new way to identify sources of serious injuries and fatalities and predict the most likely severity if they were to happen.

Learn a science-based approach to identify potential injury

With Proven Results

Use the concept of Energy Severity and tools provided to better predict the most likely severity of an injury.

Learn to use tools which synthesize years of research and industry collaboration. Be able to quickly evaluate the likely outcome and severity of a potential injury. This technique will allow you to focus your planning where it matters most.


Using Energy to Assess Injury Severity


  • Introduction to Energy Severity
  • Energy Severity Examples
  • Energy Severity Research
  • Tools and Examples - Gravity
  • Tools and Examples - Motion
  • Tools and Examples - Pressure
  • Energy Icons and Conclusion
  • Quiz - Energy Severity
  • Resource: Energy Tools (PDF)
  • Resource: Critical Hazard Icons (PDF)

About Your Instructor

Matthew Hallowell

Matthew Hallowell


Dr. Matthew Hallowell is a President’s Teaching Scholar and Endowed Professor of Construction Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned a BS and MS in Civil Engineering and a PhD with a focus on Construction Engineering and Occupational Safety and Health. Before his academic career, he worked in construction as a laborer, project engineer, and quality inspector.

Dr. Hallowell specializes in construction safety research, with an emphasis on the science of safety. He collaborates with companies and industry associations like the Edison Electric Institute, Project Leadership Institute, Canadian Pipeline Association, and the INGAA foundation. For his research, he has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Construction Industry Institute Outstanding Researcher Award.


Predict Injury Severity Using Energy Magnitude


Dr. Hallowell's delivery of energy-based hazard recognition is creative, engaging, and interesting. I left the session understanding how to enhance hazard recognition and risk assessment at the front line.
Jenny Bailey Director of Safety and Health • Xcel Energy
The energy-based safety approach has been transformational for our business. You can tell when it’s working. You hear the conversation change in the workplace, your data trending re-focuses to potential severity, and the frequency of potential serious injuries and fatalities (P-SIF) are reduced. That’s what we’ve observed. The delivery of the material is second to none. Our team quickly understood the process and recognized the benefit. Few programs are operationalized to this extent.
Mike Court Sr. Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality • Graham Construction
The energy-based approach is backed by science, yet the theory is so easy to understand. Once the initial training to leadership and field crews has been done, the change in conversations is immediately evident… from the front lines to the executive boardrooms. The delivery of the material is also engaging and generates overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. After 30 years of being involved in the safety field, I believe the energy method will be a game-changer.”
Craig Lowrie Vice President ‑ Health & Safety • Flynn Group


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I believe this is very valuable information and a transformative way to approach safety. The instructor communicated the content very well.

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This is how we make our industry better. This is how we kill fewer people every year. This is how we help our people identify risk better, and how we make keep our people going home safely every ...

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