One of the biggest incentives for most employers to hire a safety consultant is to reduce the financial risks to their business. This is important because one accident can have a major impact on any business’ bottom line. But the main reason to develop a culture of safety is to make sure all of your workers go home each day safe after a hard day’s work.
Dr. David Michaels, the head of OSHA, has published a paper highlighting the real cost of workplace injuries to workers and their families. It’s a reminder of why safety isn’t just a cost of doing business, it’s an obligation we have to the men and women who come in to work for us each day. I’ve shared some of the most important points to illustrate the impact work-related injuries can have on those who work for us.
- According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics each year approximately 4,500 workers are killed and over 3 million seriously injured.
- A recent study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine showed that workers injured on the job experienced a 15% drop in earnings in the ten years following a work-related injury.
- On average, 50% of the costs associated with a workplace injury are shouldered by the worker themselves with workers comp insurance only covering 21% of expenses related to an injury on the job.
- In 2014, an average of 12 were killed on the job every day.
So what’s the solution? Creating a culture of safety in your company by creating a system of training and monitoring worker safety. Protecting your workers doesn’t just make financial sense, it’s the right thing to do. If you’re looking for additional resources or have questions about safety training your employees, feel free to give us a call at 864.905.7835.