Incident Classification Matrix

The Incident Classification Matrix is voluntary AFPM program that seeks to further reduce injuries & fatalities by identifying industry-wide improvement opportunities through the collection and analysis of AFPM member company’s actual incident data and near misses with high potential. The data collected is blinded to provide insights, recommendations, and resources to address and help prevent future incidents and near misses.

Incident Classification Matrix Memo

Blank Incident Classification Matrix Spreadsheet  


The AFPM Safety & Health committee believes there is an opportunity to reduce serious incidents by collecting data that can help our member companies respond to, and learn from high potential events, as well as actual serious incidents. The committee developed and deployed this Matrix to effectively measure actual and potential incidents of serious outcome for the intent of reducing them. The program was piloted in 2017-2018 to collect 2016 and 2017 data. From these trials the Matrix has been improved and the data has been used to create Practice Sharing documents and facilitate safety improvement discussions in the Occupational Safety Regional Network program.

Data Collection and Use

  1. Using the Matrix, AFPM members that volunteer for the program will submit high consequence, near miss data and high consequence actual incidents.
  2. A report is distributed to the participating members in a blinded report that that that provides individual and aggregated pareto analysis of the actual and potential incidence.
  3. AFPM members use the data to benchmark their site and identify industry problem areas to develop targeted Practice Share documents and help foster substantive discussion through the Regional Network program.