We Still Have A Long Way To Go - 11/11/2013
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, November 11, 2013
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We Still Have a Long Way to Go
As a Safety Consultant for 20 years and a contractor for 19, I can say that it's clear to see that we have come a long way in providing safety training and safety equipment to America's workforce. We are providing more employee safety training than ever and when it comes to safety equipment, you can find just about anything you need.
That being said, I can also say that it's clear, we have a long way to go. I know, just when you thought everyone was getting a pat on the back for a job well done, I go and make a statement like that. So now you may be thinking, "what more does he think we can do".
Well, let me ask you a few questions and maybe you'll understand. I would like you to think back to a time when you were at work and you or someone you know came so close to being seriously injured that just thinking about it makes a chill run up and down your back.
So now here's the first question. Exactly what took place that led up to and caused the near miss incident? Take a moment and really think about this question.
Now here's the second question. What did you or anyone else in your company do to help ensure a similar situation didn't occur again? Again, take a moment and really think about this question.
So how much do you really remember about what led up and caused the near miss incident? Did you remember facts like who was involved, were they wearing proper PPE, what equipment was being used and was it being used correctly?
Was anyone held accountable for the incident? What I'm saying here is, if someone was working in an unsafe way or not wearing proper PPE, were they written up and held accountable?
Did anyone sit down and really think through what went wrong and then take the time to make everyone aware, from employees to management, exactly what took place and how it could be prevented in the future?
I'm guessing if you think back, at best, some additional training was provided and new safety equipment was purchased but real awareness and understanding of what caused the incident, was not provided and no one, if applicable, was held accountable.
If I'm wrong about my last statement, I would like to congratulate your company and its employees on a job well done, but based on my experience, your company would be the exception.
There is no question, we have come a long way when it comes to workplace safety but until we get to the root cause of near miss situations, hold everyone accountable for their actions and provide employees and management awareness and understanding of how to prevent future exposure, we still have a long way to go.
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