Keeping workers safe is a foundational element of any successful business. Safety incidents result in innumerable costs—direct and indirect—and their ripple effect can spread far and wide, often in irreparable ways.
Ideas and Insights
for Safety Champions
Building an effective safety program is critical for all organizations – regardless of industry. Safety incidents cost employers more than 200 billion per year and often result in irreparable loss of life and public trust. Unfortunately, measuring and reporting on safety metrics can be difficult and, as a result, many organizations incorrectly view safety as a cost center with no connection to the bottom line. Scarcity of organizational resources often leaves the safety team scrimping to build effective programs and many organizations get stuck merely reacting. Attributing the measurable impacts of your organization's safety programs is critical to improving lone worker safety, getting management buy-in and acquiring future resources.
Working alone is risky business. Every year in North America thousands of lone workers are killed and millions more are injured, making it one of the most dangerous work environments—regardless of industry. Because lone workers are exactly that—alone—small or easily resolved accidents have the potential for outsized consequences. Injuries that complicate calling for help and delays in evacuation or rescue can turn a routine response into a life-or-death scenario. The cost can be staggering —both in terms of human life, and financial implications. Despite all this, lone workers show up every day to offer vital services to their employer and their community.
Workplace safety is an issue that is top of mind for any organization. It is an employer’s duty—often legal responsibility to protect those in their employ. While most businesses have at least some safety protocols in place for their staff, protecting employees from violence, injury and medical emergency continues to be a significant challenge for employers.
There were an estimated 8000 fatal workplace deaths and 2.8 million non-fatal work-related illnesses or injuries in the United States in 2019. Reducing both the human and financial cost of workplace incidents is a critical element of long-term success, and a robust safety culture is a proven leading factor in making this happen. Success, however, requires buy-in. Everyone needs to engage in creating a safety conscious environment.