Workers blame equipment for too many incidents

Workers blame equipment for too many incidents

     Virtually all safety incidents or injuries can be attributed to one of three causes.  The incident was caused by something the operator did, something another employee did, or a faulty piece of equipment.  And sometimes it's a combination of those elements.  But determining which element is the most common cause at your facility can be a useful tool in directing safety efforts.

What do employees say?  Employee perceptions of what's to blame for a safety incident may be skewed, according to Larry Wilson, VP of Safestart.  He says workers usually break down causes for injuries and incidents like this:

• injured worker's fault: 20%
• another employee: 15%
• equipment failure: 65%

But Wilson says the real cause is the injured worker far more often -more than 97% of the time.  Sure, equipment breaks down and malfunctions. But it's far more common for workers to cut corners and jeopardize their own safety.  That message could help change employees' safety attitudes.

Info: Larry Wilson presented his findings at the recent National Safety Council Congress & Expo in San Diego

Reprinted with permission from Environmental Compliance Alert

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