How Some Small Business Organizations Are Becoming A Perfect Place For Workplace Injuries

How Some Small Business Organizations Are Becoming A Perfect Place For Workplace Injuries

Just because none of your employees has ever got injured in the workplace does not necessarily mean that workplace injury is not going to take place in the remote future. In fact, I hate it when people try to relate safety with the absence of injury. Since people are not going to report th0se near misses, it may look like everything is fine with your workplace safety system. Unless you personally check all the aspects of the safety systems, you will never be able to identify some glaring loopholes that can lead to a major injury. 

I have personally visited some warehouses in my home town in New York and I am appalled at the sight of complete lawlessness. In fact, all of these warehouse owners are blissfully ignorant of the fact that they are just lucky enough not to have a single instance of injury recorded in their workplace.  Realization will dawn on them only when a series of unfortunate incidents take place. Rather than turning a blind eye to these glaring flaws in the safety system in your workplace, you need to get your gloves on and get things under order. 

 

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Though we tend to ignore workplace injuries as something unpredictable and an act of some vengeful deity, the reality is completely different. These incidents, though may appear to be unavoidable otherwise, can be avoided easily if you can take some time out of your busy schedule and identify those areas of the safety systems which need urgent attention. 

You Are Too Concerned About Compliance

Whenever, there is a surprise visit by an auditor, manufacturers get busy to show him/her that everything is in perfect order. All they care about is Compliance and in the mad rush for meeting Compliance, they give all other safety issues a miss. Small business organizations have to realize that meeting Compliance is not enough, they need to go extra mile to ensure a safe and secure working environment for their employees. Though there is no denying of the fact if an organization fails to meet the standards specified, it means that organization is clearly flouting safety laws and therefore, should be booked under the provision of law. 

 

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Do Not Care Much about Safety

Since safety is not directly related to the growth of the business, most small business organizations tend not to take safety rules and regulations that seriously. After all, they nourish a notion that safety is not a priority in the production process. Unless and until, organizations show their real commitment towards ensuring the safety of their workers, the risk of getting injured while working will always be high. I have a talk with Chris Boyace of Mobile Safety Steps regarding this and seems like he has a different story to tell. He says he is seeing a marked change in the perception of people about workplace safety. He shows me the sales volume of his company and it clearly shows that business owners are in fact spending more on products that are related to workplace safety. 

Pathetic Management

Sometimes, bad managers make the situation even worse. As they mess up with things, the production process takes a beating and therefore, workers have to work hard and fast to be able to meet the deadline and in the rush to meet the deadline, the safety regulations take a back seat. This is as obvious heightens the possibility of workplace injury. 

You are not doing it Properly

It is surprising to note that the majority of manufacturers do not actually know the standard way of doing a particular job. There is no documentation and the dearth of training and proper infrastructure also makes it all the more difficult for workers to get things done in a timely fashion. What most business owners usually do is that they assign a target to their employees and leave it to them to manage the task. As you understand, to meet that insane target, workers have to speed up the production process and this eventually leads to accidents in the workplace. 

Improper Training or No Training At all

As most business owners are in the rush to make more money from their business, they are not giving that much attention to train their workers before getting them involved in the production process. They are taking shortcuts to success and therefore not giving enough time to new joiners to master the skills. They get these unskilled and sometimes, no skilled workers involved in the production process and as these workers have little knowledge of the safety rules and regulations, they often do things the wrong way and get themselves injured. 

So, these are just some of the common safety issues that every small business organization faces and the sooner these issues get addressed, the better for the health of that organization. 

 


Michael Evans

Michael Evans

Manager at 3leaps

Michael Evans is a blogger, a part time real estate agent and did I tell you that he is an online marketing expert and yeah, he is a Google Adwords certified professional. He is currently associated with 3Leaps ()


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Phil Khor

Phil Khor , Founder at SavvySME

Great article Michael, I agree as business owners we need to remember we have every responsibility for the safety and well being of our people. "Safety comes first" is a motto I hold dearly especially when I have workers on construction sites. I'd like to also point out it's not just about compliance or insurance because prevention is always better than cure. So it really pays to be vigilant and go the extra mile to train and care for our people. Never tempt Murphy's Law. Thanks Michael.

Cathal Uniacke

Cathal Uniacke , Principal OHS Consultant at Custodian Safety Services

Prevention is always better than cure! Well stated Phil, I couldn't agree more. Also, to back up Chris Boyace's input that business owners are spending more on OHS. We are OHS Consultants specialising civil and commercial construction Australia Wide and week on week we are starting to assist more and more businesses to create safer workplaces through documented and followed systems and safe work practice awareness.