It is true, research and study has revealed that for every dollar invested in safety, there is a Return On Investment (ROI) of anywhere from four dollars to thirty-nine dollars for every dollar invested in safety. Plus you can sleep better knowing you are protecting your most valuable asset, your team.
Falls are a major killer, but there are many many more other types of injuries that can maim, disable, or worse. Understanding safety is something that should be taught in school as part of the standard graduating assortment.
You may have noticed I crossed out the word safe. The reason I did this is because we no longer label areas as safe or unsafe, because there is no such thing as safe. Also, when we tell someone it is safe, they relax and let their guard down. “Why not, it is safe?”
I have spent the last forty years studying risk, and safety and have come up with an approach to safety that is much different than the traditional approach. After attending my 90 minute training on safety that applies to “all” endeavors, I believe you will agree.
Below I have put together the two components that are needed to create an accident. Remove one or the other, and it is no longer a hazard. By working with the two components we can create an environment that is low risk.
Below is a tool I developed over 30 years ago…
Sometime ago I found myself working with some “life and death” choices, but no easy way of making them. So I started building a system for making that choice more tangible. It took so doing, and over a decade of tweaking and testing, but I finally developed a great system. I have even reached the point where it is being copied and used it slightly different ways, by others (nice compliment).
Although, others seem to have complicated it and made it, well, a pain to use. You may have heard the idea of KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid?). Well, I don’t think you are stupid, and I hope you don’t think I am. I dislike saying it that way, I prefer things like: KISS (Keep It Simple for Safety or Keep It Super Simple), or just KIS (Keep It Simple). Here’s a saying I put together in that regard. Feel free to pass it on,
“Maximum Efficiency and Simplicity with a Minimum of Effort and Equipment, while allowing for a reasonable safety margin.”
The neat thing about my system is it can be used in all sorts of risky scenarios: safety, business, life and death and many other places; once a person understands the concepts and the principles involved.
I would like to suggest I come to your business and spend 90 minutes with you, and/or your team, to go over how to use it. I will also leave you a Excel Program (if you want to use it) that I put together involving these principles. I sometimes use it to help me better understand complex issues, or to communicate it to others as to why I feel something is a good idea, or it is too risky.
Also, if you would like, I can arrange to spend a little more time with your “work at height” personnel and certify them in Fundamental High Angle Safety and Fall Protection. I am guessing you already know this but just in case, this is important to know. Generally, just having your “Competent Person” go over various safety issues is good, but OSHA requires that “work at height” personnel receive training from a **qualified professional. This training can also help get insurance rate reductions, and if somewhere down the road, OSHA happens to get involved, it can help prevent fines, and or reduces them as well.
Of course the biggest reason I would recommend it is to prevent accidents.