Don’t Let Safety Take a Backseat To Productivity: It Could Be Costing You Money

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Manufacturers are beginning to take safety much more seriously than they have in the past. With the knowledge of First aid training being available to everyone, there shouldn’t be any excuses as to why safety in the workplace wouldn’t be a priority. Facilities have come so far from their early days in the early 1900’s and beyond, but there is still room for improvement. June marks National Safety Month and we want to touch on a few points to help manufacturers increase safety and offer them the benefits that come along with a safe working environment.

On Monday, the National Safety Council released a survey focused on how employees ranked safety on their list of top priorities. The results were not terrible, but there is still an issue with how organizations view safety when compared with employee productivity. 33% of the 2,000 employees surveyed believed a focus on safety trailed behind productivity as an employer’s top concern. The results were even higher in high-risk industries like manufacturing, construction and agriculture.

“Every employee deserves a safe workplace, – While some of our finding were encouraging, others were a stark reminder of how far we still have to go to ensure safety is every employer’s highest priority.” Deborah A.P Hersman said. Deborah is the president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

It is a bit unsetting that the number of workplace deaths in 2014 was as high as it has been since 2008 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Car crashes, slips, trips and falls, contact with objects or equipment and exposure to harmful substances are all causes for these tragic accidents. These kinds of accidents could be dramatically reduced if employers stressed safety as a serious priority rather than a point they need to make by law. New technologies are even offering ways to help reduce these incidences. Sensors can alert manufacturers and employees if there’s a leak or spill of harmful chemicals, augmented reality headsets can help employees keep track of where forklifts are located and where they are heading. These are just a few examples of how an investment in workforce focused technology can help reduce these risks but there are ways to improve the safety of a facility without investing in any additional resources.

More ways manufacturers can improve safety in their facilities:

The employees that were surveyed have one major thing in common, they feel as though productivity needs to take a priority over safety procedures and ensuring that Safety Workwear is up to scratch and ready for use. If they can shave 15 minutes off a task, breaking safety guidelines could be overlooked. This is a serious issue and one that can be corrected by a new management model.

This might be easier to act on if businesses understood what prioritizing productivity over proper safety practices was actually costing their business.

Below is an infographic created by the National Safety Council that shows just how much a business might be losing for pushing productivity over safety.


[Image Credit: National Safety Council]