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By Brian Fielkow

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Roads to Safety

ased on recent data, severe
workplace injuries happen every
day, but a new report from the
Occupational Health and Safety
Administration indicates that more than 50
percent of the severe work-related injuries in 2015 went unreported. In an effort
to increase reporting and thereby reduce
accidents, as is the theory, OSHA has issued
new guidelines and a 400 percent increase
in the maximum fine for failing to report
work-related severe injuries.
Unfortunately, intensifying rules and
regulations will never be enough to prevent
safety failures from occurring. We will only
improve safety with the deliberate creation
of safety cultures within all of our individual
companies. Investing in your safety culture
is a hard-core business proposition with
profound bottom line results. It starts with

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shared beliefs and values implemented by people and ritualized
through process. Here are six tips to help you create a world-class
safety culture in your company and reduce work-related accidents.
1. Get front line input: Too often, we develop safety policies and
"best practices" without the input of our front lines. They are our
true subject matter experts, and they know where the risks lie
and who may be performing their job duties in an unsafe manner. Let your front lines have input as processes are developed.
The more they own the process, the greater accountability they
will have for its execution. While it is not realistic to bring in
every front line employee, consider asking your team to select a
handful of their "opinion leaders" to join you in the process.
2. Tear down silos: Silos are a way of thinking that isolates
departments - we create them ourselves through actions such
as functionally segregated meetings. When you're making key
decisions, look who is in the room. For purposes of safety the
most important silo to attack is the one that may exist between
your operations and safety teams. In a safety culture, there
is a clear recognition that operations are responsible for the
execution of accident prevention. Your safety professionals can


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