Happy Employees Are Safe Employees
Monday, April 8, 2019
by: Phil Senescall

Section: News Roundup




Companies have to commit to a Culture of Safety, and that tone has to come from the top of an organization. In our organization, we have found that safety and employee morale go hand in hand. To invest in safety, one has to invest equally in employee morale. Happy employees are less likely to be injured and are also incentivized to return to work should an injury occur. 

We are in a physical business, injuries do happen, and when they do, two key actions should be taken. Firstly, a root cause analysis should be done every time there is an injury. Findings should be shared with the management team for immediate correction. It also serves the purpose of bringing everyone’s focus back to safety. 

Secondly, and most important, is that an injured worker should be assigned a case handler. This should be someone in the company that personally accompanies the worker to doctors’ appointments, has a relationship with the occupational doctor, as well as the insurance company. This person should help push the case forward and let the employee feel heard every step of the way. This approach closes down claims and results in less litigation. 

These efforts have helped PMS have an excellent safety record. For other information on workplace safety, consult online tools such as the State of CA Department of Industrial Relations, where they offer a full guide to developing an Injury and Illness Prevention Program https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/iipp.html or attend the upcoming Global National Safety Council Expo being held in September at the San Diego Conventions Center.