Public safety wants you to be safe
First, some background. Institutions, industries and public agencies are judged by the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Division based on the number and severity of injuries sustained by employees. Those with poor records suffer the consequences: high insurance rates, OSHA inspections, poor morale, poor productivity, etc.
Conversely those entities with better records enjoy the rewards: better or lower insurance rates, better morale, higher productivity and harmony within the work force. And those with the best records receive recognition from the North Carolina Department of Labor.
So… where is Warren Wilson College? One of the best. This past July, Warren Wilson College was awarded a plaque of special recognition from the North Carolina Department of Labor for achieving Four Million Continuous Work Hours without an accident causing an employee, full time or student crew member to miss a complete day of work. That didn’t just happen. It takes vigilance by our crew members, supervisors and faculty to achieve this remarkable milestone. To put that in perspective, the College went from April 5, 2006, the date of the last lost time injury to September 15, 2010. Unfortunately, both the last and most recent injuries were back strains resulting in employees having to miss work. Since then, we have also experienced a few injuries resulting in lost time from work.
So, how can we get back on the roll again? Be diligent in your work. Think ahead. Plan each move. Look out for others. If you aren’t absolutely sure how to use a piece of equipment, don’t guess, ask. You are empowered to stop a co-worker and remind them of the correct procedure or to remind them to wear the correct personal protective equipment.