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The Real Cost of Procrastination for Safety Conscious People

April 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 144

When it comes to safety, procrastination can become very expensive. This is because, in areas where potential hazards are likely to cause accidents, safety should be the prime priority irrespective of overall cost. It is common in some places of work for employers to take safety for granted by assuming that their workers will take care of their own personal safety. They tend to forget that, as the employer, they are directly responsible for the safety of all the workers who work under or over their roofs. Procrastinating in terms of safety can lead to the following apparent and not so apparent costs;

Gaping loopholes - when working in high places, for instance, failing to include fall prevention systems in strategic places along the roof and its periphery, tends to create dangerous loopholes where the worst accidents can happen at the least expected times. Other times the loopholes may not be very obvious until after an accident has made their presence known. To be able to reduce the cost of accidents, these loopholes need to be identified and plugged in good time.

Public image - companies that want to bolster their public image and look very professional, need to know which safety systems to use especially when their workers are performing public contracts. This means that, the tools and equipment needs to be upto date and in excellent working order. They must be seen to care enough for their workers to go the extra mile in ensuring that they are safe at all times and are performing their work comfortably. The way the public views a company will determine how much business it shall do at any given time. These days safety speaks volumes in the eyes of the public.

Accident proneness - it is impossible for a company to know which of their workers has a higher tendency for accidents. This is because, all people are different in terms of mental and physical abilities and given different circumstances, they react very differently. For example, workers would react very differently in places of work where fall arrest systems like roof anchors are provided for their height safety. It would be very risky and expensive to allow them to work in high places without these very necessary safety devices.

Attitude - safety and personal attitude are very closely entwined. In places where safety is not emphasized repeatedly, workers may tend to have a more negative attitude than in places where safety is enhanced. This can be seen by the general quality and quantity of work and frequency and severity of accidents. Lack of proper safety influences the way workers see their employers and employers who wish to keep their workers satisfied and happy need to adequately look after their safety. Negative worker attitude is very expensive for any business.

Unrest - in the long run, when safety is taken for granted, worker unrest is very likely. For example, when employers fail to provide proper ladder safety, in high places, many fall accidents can be reported. If these are not handled in the right manner, workers tend to begin to feel disgruntled because they feel exposed to accidents every time they are working in high places. This vulnerability can lead to hostility for their employer and if allowed to fester for long, would eventually lead to industrial action. The effects of industrial action can be far reaching and very damaging for any company that wants to keep doing business in the long term.

Ernest Elliottis an occupational height safety auditor. He inspects many places of work to find out how they manage their fall prevention systems. He aims to eliminate all fall-related accidents.

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