In the world of safety, day to day operations revolve around trying to prevent injuries. Proper lifting techniques, guarding on machines and other safety measures are constantly being scrutinized in order to prevent work injuries from occurring. If you are working on preventing injuries, you are stopping them at the root cause.

“That Will Never Happen At My Company” Is The Wrong Thinking

What if you have no real safety program, or no loss control techniques? Well to be blunt, you are just waiting for the next injury to occur. Why would any company want to just wait around for the next injury to happen? Most employers think that the worst injuries will never occur at their plant because everyone uses their heads when working and everyone practices using proper safety when operating machinery. This is far from the truth.

The truth is, risk of injury is everywhere at every moment of the day. Each worker has the responsibility of operating in a safe manner. Unfortunately this is just not the way it works. Workers get caught in their own routines, and their attention can get diverted away from what they are doing at the current time. This can, and will, lead to injury.

Also to blame are poor training programs. If you have a lot of new hires, they may start off learning bad habits from their veteran employees that are training them.

But the new hires are not the only ones to blame. Statistics show that it is the veteran workers that can become injured the most often. This is because they pay less attention to their own work routines. They think because they have worked there a long time and know the machinery that they can get away with more. Examples such as removing machine guarding, improperly using machines, or not wearing safety equipment are usually to blame. These are easy corrections to a widespread problem.

So if this is the case, who is policing the veterans to make sure they are performing the jobs the proper way? Are the supervisors on the floor enforcing safety each day? Are there disciplinary measures in force for those that break the rules? If so, are these measures always enforced or is it just some of the time? Does your supervisory program ever have any type of audit or follow-up to make sure management are actually supervising their workers or are they just babysitting them and turning the other way to keep production levels where they want them to be?

Worker Accountability is Key To Safety Success

Slip and fall injuries are very common. Who is in charge of making sure the carpets are in good shape? Who is in charge of making sure any fatigue mats in front of machines are free from wear and tear? Are workers falling in areas that they should not be in the first place? Why are they allowed in these areas? Who really is in charge of being responsible for these areas? If your answer is that you do not know, then you have a problem. [MORE]


Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Principal, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.

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