Orlando, Fla., -- The jobsite has become an increasingly dangerous place for workers with safety standards and laws being disregarded at every level. Unfortunately it takes a horrible accident for a company to take a good look at its safety standards.
Accidents like those at the Sago and Aracoma Mines, as well as the recent fire in a West Virginia smokestack are becoming all too common in the news. Taking a proactive approach to workplace safety will help workers keep safety in the forefront as they go about their day.
Safety experts Carl and Deb Potter suggest involving all levels of a company in the safety program. By keeping management and workers on the same page, awareness of potential hazards will prevent future accidents and possible death.
“Research shows that demonstrated commitment by management has a bigger influence on safety than any other factor,” said Carl Potter. “In companies where managers and executives are involved in the safety process, safety is treated as a high priority along with profits and productivity, injury rates are lower, and workers are more involved.”
By including employees in the safety process, management will see a substantial decrease in the number of injuries and accidents. If a company is struggling to achieve a safe workplace, it is helpful to examine how workers are involved in the process.
“Employees often just need to be included,” Potter said. “By encouraging them to contribute their ideas for improving safety, they will feel more responsible and committed to the safety process.”