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The True Cost of Poor Hazard Awareness and On-Site Safety

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December 18, 2017

In 2015, 4,836 workers died from work-related injuries or illnesses in the United States. A significant portion of those fatalities – 7.3%, or over 350 – were in the manufacturing industry (United States Department of Labor).

Changes in health and safety legislation and practices have seen a huge reduction in work-related fatalities in the past decades. Since 1970, an estimated 75,000 lives have been saved in the United States through more effective health and safety management. That’s around 1,500 lives saved per year on average.

But there are still approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers annually (a recently published US DOL statistic from 2016).

What is the cost of work-related injuries and illnesses?

First and foremost, the cost is human. As an organization, you want to take care of your employees and foster a positive workplace culture.

But there are real fiscal costs associated with poor health and safety practices too.

  • Lost working days
    Manufacturing injuries and illnesses resulted in a total of 118,050 days away from work (DAFW).
  • Loss of reputation
    A high rate of incidents or illnesses can negatively impact your reputation to current and prospective employees and clients.
  • Productivity losses
    Injured or unhealthy workers can lead to a decline in production rates and a high turnover rate.
  • Legal costs
    If you don’t comply with health and safety regulations, you could face big legal costs.
  • Insurance costs
    Insurance premiums can increase if your organization has a higher rate of illness and accidents.

According to the United States Department of Labor, businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs related to occupational injuries and illnesses – and these expenses come directly out of company profits.

But employee safety doesn’t cost. It pays. Workplaces that establish safety and health management systems can actually reduce their injury and illness costs by 20-40% (US Department of Labor).

 Related Infographic: Safety Statistics From The USA And Beyond

Safety and security starts by knowing who’s on-site.

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You can use WhosOnLocation to…

  • Increase hazard awareness by making sure people acknowledge each hazard before continuing on-site
  • Improve site safety and security by knowing who’s on-site at any given time, currently or historically
  • Reduce risk of injury by ensuring everyone is properly inducted, certified and qualified
  • Effectively manage an evacuation and verify the safety of anyone signed into the site by using the WolEvac app

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