It's a Simple Case of "Time Heals All Wounds" - 08/20/2018
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, August 20, 2018
It's a Simple Case of "Time Heals All Wounds"
I had an idea that I was going to start out this week's Safety E-QuickTip with an overview of what you can do to help you quickly and easily implement your company safety program, but after talking with several companies this week I felt I should start this series off a little different.
We start with 3 different companies. A manufacturing company is visited by OSHA and receives multiple OSHA citations for employees not working in accordance with OSHA regulations. An EMS unit rolls onto a construction site because of a 911 call telling them an employee was seriously injured when he fell 20' from the roof of a building. A company's owner receives a letter from their workers' compensation carrier telling them that because of the high number of employee accidents, their Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is too high and their premiums will be increasing by 10%. So, I ask you - what do believe would be a company's typical response to these situations?
First, you would see each of these companies taking immediate steps to improve workplace safety and OSHA compliance. They would review their safety policies and procedures to make sure they are up to date and in compliance, provide their employees safety training, hold safety meetings and maybe even do some workplace safety inspections. You would also see their employees making more of an effort to work safely and use the safety equipment supplied by the company. But then it happens -time passes and the OSHA visit, the accident and the high EMR notice fade into the past and everything goes back to the way it was. Everyone believing that a safe workplace will take care of itself.
In my 25 years in the safety industry, this just seems to be how this typically goes - until the next OSHA citation is received, a serious accident occurs, or a worker's compensation premium increase letter shows up in the mail. It's a simple case of "time heals all wounds" - but in these cases the healing process only opens the doors to the next accident, OSHA inspection and increased premium. This must end if employers are truly going to protect their employees and their company's future. And we believe for employers to make that happen, workplace safety must be quick, easy and cost-effective so that employers and employees will continue to see the value of workplace safety long after that last accident, OSHA inspection and premium increase. Next week we'll get into how to do just that.
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