SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

3 Examples of Leaders Showing Their Commitment to Safety

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Please stop and think for a moment. What is your favorite example of a leader showing great commitment to safety at your workplace? What did she or he do? What was great about it? And I’m just curious on this one – did it take you a while to think of one?


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Companies Investing in Health & Safety Have Higher Stock Returns

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

While worker health and safety is a top priority for many organizations today, it can still be a tough sell to invest significant amounts of time, money or resources into preventative efforts that do not always have a highly tangible or swift return on investment. In the past decade, however, we have seen an increasing number of studies showing that investing proactively in safety can result in sizeable returns on investment. For example, a Liberty Mutual study cited by the American Society of Safety Engineers found that for every $1 spent on safety, they saved at least $3, with an average return of $4.41. Similar estimates have been suggested by different researchers and organizations, including OSHA.


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Reasons for Trying a Personal Approach to Safety Leadership

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

About a year ago we started working with a manufacturing company – one of their sites had been struggling with high incident rates for the previous couple of years. Their TRIR was significantly higher than the industry norm and they were having a significant issue with slips, trips and falls. When we began working with their leadership team, we realized that they had a great set of dedicated, seasoned supervisors, who had a strong work ethic and wanted to do the right thing. However, there was one problem – they didn’t necessarily have the strongest people skills. While this was apparent immediately upon meeting them, it was later confirmed when they completed a safety leadership assessment which measured their leadership style.


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Reduce Workers' Compensation Claims With Effective Employee Screening

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

Maintaining a safe workplace is a crucial goal of most organizations, especially in industries where hazards are commonplace. In the manufacturing industry, keeping worker’s safe is a never-ending job and a considerable amount of effort is expended to minimize unsafe situations. When injuries and safety incidents do occur, the costs are considerable for both the worker and the employer. It’s in everyone’s best interest for workers to stay safe and healthy!


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Going to Work Sick Creates More Safety Risk Than Just Spreading Germs

Posted by  Craig White

In a recent blog post, I described an experience at a food and clothing bank where I volunteer in which I nearly had my leg cut open by a forklift. I hoped that I wouldn’t see any more blog content during my time there, but sadly another incident (two incidents, in fact) has already occurred that highlights an important workplace health and safety topic.

A 22-year old employee at the bank recently completed forklift certification and has been eager to gain experience behind the wheel. Thus far, he had done a good job at safely operating the vehicle by following all of the techniques he learned in training and advice we’ve given him. However, just 10 minutes into my warehouse shift yesterday I was guiding him as he moved a double-stacked pallet of clothing onto a truck when suddenly the top pallet began to shift and lean. I immediately called for him to drop the load so that he could readjust and stabilize the stack, but he panicked in his reaction and pulled the wrong lever, which instead moved the forks horizontally and further imbalanced the weight. Thankfully I had plenty of time to get out of the way as the pallets, easily weighing several hundred pounds each, came crashing down.


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How One Company Saved $100k Last Year Through Prevented Injuries

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

So let’s say that safety is a huge priority for your organization, you have a great safety management system in place, and a low TRIR (Total Recordable Incidence Rate), but you are trying to go one step further towards your zero injuries goal.  Therefore, you decide to start using a test to pre-screen your job applicants for safety risk before you hire them.  It makes sense, but a year into it, you want to see if it actually helped prevent any injuries and decide whether it was worth the investment.

Well, that is exactly what one large company did recently, and the results were pretty interesting.  This is a global provider of construction and maintenance services, employing about 20,000 crafts and maintenance workers all over the world.  They had rolled out a 10-minute pre-screening test as part of their hiring process, and one of the major factors measured was safety.  Three years after implementing it, they sent us safety incident metrics for a sample of the employees who had taken the test and been hired at 3 of their facilities during that timeframe.  We looked up their test results and then matched those up to their incident data to see if the test was able to predict who would have a safety incident after they were hired and on the job.


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How One Company Saved Over $2 Million in Workplace Injuries

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

So let’s say you are a Safety or HSE Manager, and your company is trying to improve safety and reduce current injury rates. What do you do? What comes to mind first? Maybe you implement state-of-the art safety training and make sure everyone goes through it. Or perhaps, you inspect every single piece of equipment in your facility and make sure that you could pass an OSHA inspection with flying colors tomorrow. Maybe you do both. The truth is there are many things you could do to make sure all your employees go home safely to their families every day. But chances are, you probably didn’t think about looking at your hiring process.


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