Having reviewed the value of safety, safety culture, and the importance of having a passion for safety in recent blogs, I’d like to focus today on making your workplace safer… and offer specific recommendations to keep your workers safe.
Two weeks ago I used this space to focus on the Value of Safety and the importance of understanding it. Last week I wrote about the Culture of Safety and the significance of company leaders and workers embracing it. This week I want to focus on the passion to keep workers safe.
So what would keep your average construction worker from reporting an injury that he suffered on the job? More specifically, what would keep more than a quarter of construction workers reporting their injuries?
Workplace safety cannot exist on best practice guidelines and policies alone. A safe working environment is based on how well the people, in both management and on the factory floor, adhere to -- and communicate about -- safety standards.
The foundation of any successful workplace safety effort is one that encourages employees to identify unsafe behaviors and opportunities for improvement while also making well-informed safety decisions during daily routine tasks.
Whether they are old chestnuts passed down from traditional safety views of yesteryear or based on pure misconception and ignorance, present-day myths abound concerning workplace safety.
According to a 2011 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most common workplace injuries resulting in the most missed days -- by a long shot -- are sprains, strains and tears. These nonfatal musculoskeletal work-related injuries account for 38% of all injuries in the workplace.