Luck Was On Their Side... - 12/08/2014
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, Dec 08, 2014
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Luck Was On Their Side...
As an employee or company management, how do you determine if your company is really providing a safe workplace for its employees?
Is it by the fact that your company hasn't had any serious life threatening injuries or workers' compensation claims in the past "X" years?
Or does your company look a little deeper into employee safety to ensure that their safety efforts are really doing the job of protecting employees from hazards in the workplace?
Often when I talk to employers who are looking to purchase a safety program, they tell me they have been in business for 10, 15 or even 20 plus years and have never had a serious accident or fatality. Their reason for purchasing the program is to meet specific requirements, such as OSHA regulations or specific job site, insurance, or third party requirements.
If we get into a more in-depth discussion, I will often ask if they have had very many near miss incidents. Their response often surprises me.
They will go into detail about multiple near miss situations that have occurred over the years involving employees or even themselves that very easily could have ended with one being seriously injured or even kill, but apparently, "luck was on their side."
At this point, I find myself having to be careful in what I say next. I don't want to sound like I'm lecturing them on how their luck may run out some day if they don't actually put some effort into implementing a company safety program.
So I will often provide some fact about other companies we have worked with in the past that have had excellent safety records without implementing a company safety program, only to find that their luck has finally run out and an employee has been seriously injured or worse.
When looking at your company's safety records, there is no question that it is a good idea to take into account near miss incidents because they are a warning that something you are doing or not doing needs to change. This is not only important for those just looking to implement a safety program but also for those who have a program that is already up and running.
So how will you determine if your company is really providing a safe workplace for its employees? Will you rely on luck or will you look a little deeper into your program to ensure that the company's safety efforts are really doing the job of protecting employees from hazards in the workplace?
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