Businesses can start by inviting their employees to participate in creating and implementing safety programs. That way, everyone benefits. You don’t need a 5-inch thick safety binder no one reads or an orientation that lasts for days no one remembers. It’s also important to understand lagging indicators and create leading indicators to improve safety performance. A lagging indicator is a near miss, an incident, accident or result of an action. Lagging indicators are easy to measure and offer insights to prevent further incidents from happening. Leading indicators provide information that reduces risk and encourages employees to be proactive in preventing events. According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every 7 seconds, and 104 million production days were lost in 2017 due to work-related injuries. The top three workplace injury events resulting in lost workdays were attributed to overexertion, contact with objects and equipment and slips and falls. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers pay almost $1 billion a week in direct worker compensation costs alone. (Source: The Business Times, 2019).
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