Safety should be an important topic regardless of where you work and what industry you are building a career in. It is especially important in the construction industry because of the environment we work. Mason Construction, Ltd. prioritizes safety for the benefit of our colleagues and other companies we work with.
According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,821 workers were killed on the job in 2014. If you break that down it is the equivalent of 13 deaths every day. Those workers probably left home in the morning and assumed they would make it home that evening safe. Many of us make that assumption, not considering all of the accidents that can happen on any given day. We are all charged with thinking of safety, whether driving down the road or working on a job site.
There are other reasons for a business to prioritize safety. WorkSafeMT gives three additional reasons for the importance of safety. WorkSafeMt is a nonprofit organization and, according to their website, a "public-private collaborative effort of business, labor and state agency leaders, health care providers, injured workers and workers’ compensation insurers.” Some of their reasons for focusing on safety is:
Reducing Injuries Reduces Costs to Your Business: If a worker is injured on the job, it costs the company in lost work hours, increased insurance rates, workers’ compensation premiums and possible litigation. Productivity is lost when other workers have to stop work to deal with the injury. Even after the injured employee has been sent home or taken to the hospital, other employees may be distracted or need to take time off from work in the aftermath of the incident. Even a single injury can have far-reaching and debilitating effects on your business.
Safe Workers are Loyal Workers: Any business knows that employee attrition and absenteeism can be major obstacles. When you create a healthy and safe workplace, you reduce those issues in several ways. By budgeting for safety improvements and making safety part of your operational plan, you engender trust. By involving employees in safety decisions—through reporting, committees, walk-throughs and meetings—you show that their opinion matters to you. By following through on their input and improving safety, you prove quite tangibly that you care about their well-being. Workers typically respond by working harder, showing more pride in their jobs and remaining loyal.
Safety Improves Quality: Time and again, companies that put safety first turn out higher quality products. In some cases, that’s because a safe workplace tends to be a more efficient one, free of debris and tangles of cords. In other cases, it’s a matter of focus. By working in a clean, efficient environment, workers are able to reduce distractions and truly focus on the quality of what they do. The results? Better products that create customer loyalty, bigger margins and increased sales. (WorkSafeMT)
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!