We have all heard stories about how work-related injuries, even the slightest ones, changed lives of many people and their families for good. You can’t put a price on a human life, but you can do a lot when it comes to preventing accidents. Each accident has a negative effect on both the health of your colleagues and the work process, but many people do very little about it until something (almost) happens.
We Were Lucky
What happened to me was a kind of warning that I needed to take things much more seriously when it came to safety. A colleague noticed a strange smell coming from under the radiator and alarmed me immediately. We found the problem quickly: a power cord was damaged and the rug was about to catch fire.
The original satisfaction that the problem was identified and resolved was quickly replaced with the feeling of panic. What if it had happened during night or at the weekend, when there is no one in the office? How much damage would that have caused and would we have been able to save anything? That was the moment when I realized we haven’t had a professional inspection of electrical, heating and cooling installation for almost a year and we had no fire alarm system installed.
The next day I contacted a company in charge of installing and maintaining electrical equipment. They arrived soon after that and noticed several other potential issues that we dealt with on the spot. There were a lot of employees present at the moment and they were more than happy to see that we were taking safety measures seriously.
A Safe Worker Is Satisfied And Loyal
It goes without saying that people who feel safe and are not afraid of having their health jeopardized in any other way are under much less stress, which only increases their productivity. The absence of work-related injuries means that your production process is uninterrupted and you don’t have to pay for a temporary replacement of the injured worker, which translated into money means you’re not spending more than you need.
A good manager can use this situation to provide better products or services, which in turn create customer loyalty and bigger margins. So don’t look to meet legal norms and recommendation only, but try to do even more, if possible, when it comes to safety.
Better Safe Than Sorry
This change in the attitude towards safety has also brought about changes in how things are done at my company now. We decided to commission professionals from various fields to perform tasks that help us streamline our business. For example, hiring a specialist international freight forwarding company, such as CTS from Australia, can help you export or import products to and from any country in the world in the most efficient and hassle-free way.
Also, we no longer waste time and money on maintaining our own fleet vehicles, but rather rent cars that are inspected and maintained by professionals working at a rent-a-car agency. My experience is that the money we spend on commissioning such services usually returns through increased efficiency and bigger margins. Basically, the more we focus on our primary activities, the better the results.
People often say that smart people learn from their mistakes, but the really sharp learn from the mistakes of others. I guess I was smart and lucky at the same time, but there’s no stopping you from proving to be extremely smart and learn from this story, which could have had a completely different ending.
Identifying potential hazards and reacting promptly, as well as raising awareness among all employees about the importance of safety at work can only bring benefits to you and your company, which is the most important thing after all.
Bruce Wahl is an IT expert with years of experience. He covers all aspects of IT like programming, photoshopping and other effects. He has spent some time in the field of security and is still helping other companies with the same. In his free time he loves to enjoy nature and his two German Shepherds.