Can You Even Imagine Coming Up... - 05/02/2016

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U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.

Monday, May 2, 2016


Safety E-QuickTips is a weekly email designed to help Employers and Employees start their week with a short thought about safety in the workplace.

Can You Even Imagine Coming Up...


This morning I was at breakfast with my wife and friends and the subject of coal miners came up. It started with something about the industry and how it was dying but then it turned a different direction.

We started talking about pictures of coal miners from the past. My wife mentioned one where a bunch of the miners were all packed in an elevator so tight together you couldn’t get another in. Then there was the picture where all of the men come up at the end of their shift completely black, including their faces.

That started to make me think about how everyone looked at safety before employee safety became a reality. It seemed as if it was all about production for the employers and a pay check for the employees with little regard for safety by anyone.

Can you even imagine coming up from the depths of the earth packed in an elevator like sardines, or going to work for 8, 10 or 12 hours breathing in black coal dust?

Although years ago coal miners may have worked under some of the worst conditions, the same could be said for other industries such as construction. In the building of the Hoover Dam from 1931-36, over 100 people died in the construction and 96 of them were identified as industrial fatalities. During the 15 months it took to build the Empire State Building, 5 employees died.

Today those numbers are thankfully unacceptable.

Safety has come a long way over the years, but in my mind it still has a long way to go. We still need to get safety to become a core value for every company. We need to see management and employees take an active role in ensuring every worker goes home at the end of the day in the same condition they came to work.

Everyone needs to understand that safety not only protects the employees, it protects the company’s reputation and profits, too. In the end everyone wins.

So what will you do this week to make your workplace a safer place for everyone?

If you are in management, will you talk to your employees about safety? Employees - will you listen to what management has to say and take it seriously?

I hope for everyone’s sake we all look at workplace safety as a group effort and do our part to make it happen every minute of every workday. 

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