Why safety is Important?
So what can safety do for you? The benefits of maintaining a safe
work environment are many, but first and foremost, safety is about what
you can do to protect your workers. “It’s the right thing to do. Employers
should send their workers home in the same condition they came in.
Why wouldn’t that be important to a company?” says Todd Detro, vice
president of Safety Management Group’s owner services team.
But the practice of safety also brings financial benefits to the table.
A safe work environment impacts a project’s bottom line both directly
and indirectly. Costs associated with incidents,
including lost costs,
worker’s comp claims, insurance costs and legal fees are minimized in
a safe work environment. So are the indirect costs that follow incidents,
including the lost productivity that occurs when people turn their
attention to dealing with an incident. “If you’re doing safety effectively
in a business world, it’s going to relate to fewer schedule interruptions,
which will minimize your costs,” says Mark Steinhofer, facilities lead
safety advisor in Safety Management Group’s owner services team.
“You’re not going to have to stop work because you run into a problem.”
On the flip side, a safe work environment boosts employee morale,
which, in turn, increases productivity, efficiency and profit margins.
“When people feel like they have a good, safe work environment, they
feel like they can make a difference,” says Steinhofer. “There are fewer
staff absences, less staff turnover and an improved quality of work.”
Implementing a safety program is a cost-effective decision for the
company. “It’s the right thing to do financially, too,” says Steinhofer. He
points out that lower injury rates lead to higher profit margins.
“Evidence shows that companies who implement effective safety and
health programs can expect to see their injury and illness rates reduced
by 20 percent or more and a return of $4 to $6 for every dollar invested
in the safety program,” he says. He adds that employee injuries account
for about 6 to 9 percent of project costs on a job site without a safety
program, as opposed to only 2.5 percent of project costs with a wellimplemented
The positive business benefits of safety extend beyond financials. A
solid safety program can help protect a company’s reputation. “Lost
time means poor service quality,” Steinhofer says. “This can lead to
customer dissatisfaction and loss of future business.” Safety
Management Group helps companies defend their hard-earned
reputation by helping them improve their safety records.
Safety Management Group’s expertise also helps companies comply
with federal and state worker-safety rules and satisfies insurance
company requirements. SMG’s services can help owners anticipate and
meet legal requirements for worker safety and identify situations that
are likely to draw OSHA attention. Safety Management Group will also
serve as a representative during regulatory inspections. The company’s
experience in loss control prevention and working with insurance
carriers can also help clients satisfy insurance requirements and lower
their insurance costs.
No one can argue with the fact that workplace safety is important,
yet it’s often unintentionally overlooked, leaving workers and others on
the job site exposed to risk. Safety Management Group’s trained safety
advisors can identify unsafe acts and conditions and provide practical
solutions for minimizing those risks. Additionally, Safety Management
Group’s safety professionals can help clients to develop a culture of
safety on their job sites. The on- or off-site training that Safety
Management Group provides can equip all the members of a
construction team with the tools they need to perform their job safely,
whether they need basic safety training or project-specific safety
training. “Everyone has a piece in the safety puzzle,” says Detro. “We
want every person on that construction team to know what their roles
are regarding safety—the project manager, the foreman, the
superintendent, and the field worker all have a responsibility. We lay
that out up front.”