Safety procedures, safety talks, signs and other instructions direct workers. But attempting to identify all behaviors needed to keep employees safe fail in the midst of a changing work environment of aging equipment, cost-cutting, and changes in processes and people.
I’m frankly tired of hearing the old Heinrich data from the 1930s that asserts, “88% of worker injuries are due to the worker’s unsafe act.” Firstly, it sends the “blame the worker” message that kills cultures.
In my first safety blog I’m going to reflect on Labor Day. This Labor Day I watched Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero about the group of workers racing to complete the September 11 Memorial by the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 (this weekend).
I get asked to visit companies and “diagnose” why their behavioral safety program has “lost steam” or never got off the ground to begin with. Inevitably I find the whole shebang is being run by the safety department and a few anointed safety enthusiasts who do all the observations.