Safety First, Second and Last

For some companies, performance is superior to any form of safety safeguard. There are output-based corporation that give no attention to the working conditions of their employees. Instead, managers of these corporations employ a reward system that awards the efforts of employees who reached a predetermined monthly quota. Ideally, companies should employ a reward system that awards employees who follow safety protocols by heart.

It is understandable that a company protects the interests of its investors. Where else will the leadership of the company get extra funds when needed? It is, however, also as important for managers to consider the welfare of the people they employed.

Many companies fail to consider that whenever their company has to deal with the adverse effects of inhumane and unsafe working conditions, the company has to shoulder the expenses for the hospitalization of the injured worker, public relations spin which severely affects the image maintained by the company, and legal expenses in cases of corporate litigation which most of the time include settlement money.

SpeakerIf they only remembered the maxim that prevention is way better than cure, they would not have a hard time dealing with crisis at any given time (if there is a crisis at all). Safety of their workers must be first, second, and last priority. Lucky for these companies however, they can hire a specialist that can prepare industry-specific safety presentations for employees to educate them about the importance of taking the necessary precautions in keeping the workplace safe.

Safety presentations are usually segmented in parts to include pertinent details about the creation of a culture of safety.

These segments include:

(a) effective communication of the value of safety as a common interest of both management and employees,

(b) establishment of a healthy working relationships with other industry experts in the transition towards a safer workplace,

(c) education on the value of personal accountability,

(d) safety leadership in individual homes and workplaces,

(e) inculcation of the zero-injury-statistic mindset to company management, and

(f) complacency-avoidance.

Even the best companies in the world have invested in a company that produces the best safety presentations for the industries they belong to. Companies with the following in their employ:

(a) construction laborers,

(b) roofers,

(c) drivers,

(d) sales workers,

(e) steel workers,

(f) garbage collectors,

(g) agricultural laborers,

(h) pilots,

(i) ship captains and

(j) electric installers just happen to offer at least one of the ten deadliest jobs in the United States.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has listed a reported 4,383 deadly work-related injuries in 2012 which was better to 2011’s 4’693 fatal injuries. The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries has listed a 0.0003% decline in work-related injuries. The numbers went down from 3.5 injuries for every 100,000 workers to 3.2. The same agency discovered that loggers, or what are typically known as lumberjacks, have the deadliest jobs. The harsh conditions they have to contend with have taken a toll on these men. The work isn’t even stable and is poorly-compensated. In 2012, at least 35 people lost their lives.

The likes of Motiva, Chevron Exploration and Production, Shell Oil Products, and ExxonMobil which are all leaders in each of their industries have all hired third-party companies to make custom-made safety presentations for their employees. This was undertaken in the interest of establishing a culture of safety within the workplace. Most of these companies noted how they were able to decrease the accident numbers to a target minimum. This way, they were able to save themselves from having to spend more than they should and they’ve prevented public relations nightmares from happening.