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What’s the Big Deal About Safety? Part 1: The Ethical Reasons


It’s easy to overlook the importance of safety in the day-to-day work of a job site. There’s a lot to be done, and things usually run behind schedule — who has time for safety? Besides the fact that maintaining a safe workplace is the law and regulated by OSHA, there are 3 big reasons why safety is important: ethical, financial, and competitive reasons. We’re going to take a look at each of these reasons in a 3-part series of posts. Share your thoughts as we go along— we want to hear what you think.

The Ethical Reasons

When you realize that 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013, and that the top 10 categories of OSHA violations that resulted in death and serious injury were all preventable, you start to feel a responsibility for the human life that’s impacted by safety. Someone on your job site might not go home today because you didn’t make safety a priority. A kid might lose his or her dad. A wife might lose her husband. A woman might lose her eyesight or a limb. These are significant.

Each of us has a moral obligation to provide a safe environment for our workers — this includes CSC. I think about the safety of my employees every day, especially because we’re supposed to be an example. And the ethical reasons are the real reasons I chose safety as a career. I saw the impact of safety on people I knew, and I wanted to make a difference.

Next week we’ll look at the financial reasons for safety compliance — and they’re pretty compelling.

photo credit: Neil. Moralee



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