We all know that safety is essential in construction, but do you realize just how costly a job site injury can be? According to the National Safety Council, the average cost per workplace injury is $1,300. It may not seem like all that much, but the extra expense to pay for injuries has a powerfully negative effect to a company’s bottom line.
Why is profitability also an important issue to you? The only way that can stay in business is to operate at a profit, and that capability can be threatened by a serious workplace injury.
The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries
It may be surprising to hear that most companies do not have a high profit margin—3% is about average. Expenses take a large chunk of the income, and competition limits how much we can charge for the services we provide.
Each time an accident occurs, the cost of the injury must be subtracted from profits. Consider the following two examples:
As you can see, that adds up to a lot of extra contracts just to compensate for a single injury. Plus, every time a worker gets hurt on the job, other employees are affected too. You may need to work extra hours to make up for the injured worker, the cost of insurance can go up, or the company may be forced to make difficult budget decisions such as cutting hours or having temporary layoffs.
Also, recovering from an injury can mean time away from work, reduced compensation, painful rehabilitation and frustrating adjustments to daily life.
Though operating at a profit is essential to our success, our top priority is to keep our employees safe and healthy. That’s why we are counting on you to help practice good safety principles on the job site, including wearing personal protective gear, following all safety procedures and noticing unsafe situations.
Safe work behavior will contribute directly to our bottom line, as well as to everyone’s job security. By observing safety precautions, we can limit on-the-job accidents. It is always wiser to spend a bit more time doing the job safely than to risk getting a serious injury. Be sure to always follow our safety guidelines and stay alert for unsafe conditions.
For more safety tips, talk to your supervisor.
Article Published By: Zywave, Inc.