Workplace injuries cost companies over $62 billion each year and cause significant physical and emotional pain for those injured and their families. By not providing the proper protection or not giving the proper instruction on how to care for or use safety equipment, you are leaving employees vulnerable to injury and your business open to a negative impact on your bottom line.
It has been reported that deaths resulting from workplace violence have ranked among the top causes of occupational fatalities in American workplaces. Additionally, nearly 2 million workers are reported to be victims each year of some type of workplace violence.
When you dedicate yourself to protecting workers and saving lives, you are rewarded each day with knowing that the people you protect get to go home at the end of the day to be with their family. We envision a future in which every worker makes it home safely, every day. Working together, we WILL reduce injuries in the workplace. This is our Mission. This is what we believe.
In the world of workplace safety, we see the potential for accidents and injuries every day at many organizations. We invest our expertise to help organizations keep workers safe. As a company dedicated to worker safety, we see quite clearly the probability for the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses… and we focus on preventing them.
Continuing our series of tragedies that could have been prevented, I call attention to an event that happened not too far from our Philadelphia headquarters.
There’s a lot of anxiety in the United States about the first confirmed case of Ebola – a severe,
often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates. However, the experts are saying that the chance of Ebola spreading in the United States is close to zero.
Protecting your workers has a huge impact on your bottom line. By not protecting workers, you are leaving them vulnerable to injury. Injuries cost millions of dollars in medical costs, worker’s compensation and loss of productivity.
We avoid the large tankers rolling down our highways displaying warnings of Hazardous Materials. We see metal drums in warehouses and gated facilities with bold signs alerting us to harmful chemicals. We hear on the news about train derailments and chemical spills that impact the area... and sometimes lead to large scale evacuations.
I was touring a printing plant not long ago and had a little trouble hearing our host over the sound of the large presses. I noticed that not all of the workers wore hearing protection… and I couldn’t help but cringe as two unprotected workers leaned in with faces almost touching to hear one another over repetitious blaring.
I remember learning in school about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City in
1911. It was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city, and one of the deadliest in U.S. history. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers – 123 women and 23 men – who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged sixteen to twenty-three.