No one wants to see workers get injured on the job. There is an intrinsic value to maintaining an individual’s personal safety. Everyone knows that it’s the right thing to do. But how do you achieve this in the context of running a profitable, growing business?
Any business needs to create a safe work environment. This is important beyond the obvious goal of cost control through lowered worker’s compensation premiums and associated expenses, it can also make a huge impact in indirect costs. These costs include factors such as the need to find, hire, train, and manage replacement personnel to cover for injured workers, and the long-term productivity issues that can be left in the wake of a workplace injury even long after they return to the job. Indirect costs have traditionally been set at very least equal to the direct (medical and indemnity) costs of accidents, with some estimates at more than three times the direct costs. Most important in all of this is the fact that indirect costs are not covered by insurance, and are sometimes referred to as uninsured costs.
One of the best motivators for employees to perform safely themselves is knowing that they are working in an environment where safe performance is the norm. Workers will be less prone to take shortcuts and engage in risky behavior when they know that safety is a real priority in their organization.
Safety is both about the big picture and about many small decisions in any company. We can help you set your strategy, as well as deal with each step along the way toward implementation. We will help you equip your own staff to be self-sufficient in the development and maintenance of your safety program, and provide the right amount of guidance to keep them headed in the right direction.
For a safety effort to be worthwhile, a reduction in accidents must result.
People don’t want to get hurt at work, but many workers don’t really have a concrete idea of what that means in practice. Just “being careful” isn’t enough when it comes to workplace safety.You need to use systematic approaches can help people think realistically about preventing accidents – and we can help.
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