How Online Accident Tracking Can Improve Efficiency And Performance
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Ways Online Accident Tracking Improves Efficiency And Performance

It should go without saying that a safe work environment is mission-critical to the overall success of a company; but often, this isn’t the case.

It’s easy to see how safety gets lost in the shuffle. With so many moving parts – employees, managers, schedules, equipment, and more – safety is often an afterthought and one that all too often isn’t recognized until it’s too late.

The True Cost Of Safety

Take first, for example, the impact of workplace safety on health care expenditures, especially at high-pressure companies where health care costs are nearly 50% greater than at other organizations.

Did you know…

  • More than $500 billion [1] is spent on workplace stress?
  • 550 million days are missed annually due to stress on the job?
  • Americans report [1] experiencing at least one symptom of stress in the past month?
  • It’s estimated that stress contributes to 60-80% of workplace accidents?
  • That stress is responsible for more than 80% of doctor visits?
  • Then there’s the cost of disengagement. For perspective, a Gallup poll [2] found that only 33% of Americans are engaged at work compared to 70% [3] globally.

Did you know …

  • Disengaged workers had 37% [3] higher absenteeism?
  • That 49% [2] more accidents and 60% [2] more errors and defects are due to disengagement?
  • Productivity decreases by 18% [3] due to disengagement?
  • The U.S. loses $483-$605 billion [2] each year to lost productivity?
  • Share prices decrease by 65% [3]?

And these figures don’t even take into account the financial penalties of citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which range from $12,934 for a serious violation to more than $129,336 for a willful or repeated violation.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

How Online Accident Tracking Can Help

It’s said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and when it comes to the safety, efficiency, and productivity of your workplace, it couldn't be truer.

But safety compliance can be a complex, time-consuming process. So accident tracking systems allow your employees to efficiently collect, manage, analyze and act upon comprehensive incident data, giving you a proactive advantage to workplace safety.

How?

Your employees are your boots-on-the-ground, and often know what is happening in the workplace before you do. So such systems empower them to ‘see something, say something,’ reporting new incidents anytime, from anywhere, through any web-enabled device. No usernames, passwords or identification required – just real-time, reported data input directly into your system, so incidents can be assigned immediately to the appropriate responsible parties.

Benefits of An Accident Tracking System

  1. Management of all incident data in one convenient, online system
  2. One-time input so the system can automatically populate it onto multiple forms, eliminating re-entry
  3. Incident report investigation and management in real time from anywhere
  4. Notifications to alert employees and staff when a report is submitted or needs to be reviewed, so they can stay on track
  5. Preparation of OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 reports quickly and easily
  6. Built-in analytics and trending data to make cost- and life-saving changes across your organization

The Bright Side

Workplace health, safety, and engagement don’t have to be all doom-and-gloom. With just a few processes in place and a (re-)commitment to workplace safety, your employee burden costs could decrease while overall employee happiness increases.

And employee happiness is priceless. Don’t believe us? Here are the cold, hard facts on employees feeling warm-and-fuzzy.

A Gallup poll [2] showed that even when workplaces offered benefits, rates of employee engagement predicted well-being above anything else, with employees often ranking workplace well-being over material benefits.

And happy employees are efficient, productive and safe employees.

In fact, a study found that happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive. And it’s no surprise. The research team said, ‘We find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings.’

Your Ounce Of Prevention

Accident tracking, documenting, investigating, and corrective action on both accidents and near-misses allow you to take a more proactive approach to manage and mitigate risks, and it also facilitates more timely accurate incident reports. And while all that may not necessarily immediately evoke ‘warm-and-fuzzies’ from your employees, its benefits will be reaped by a workforce that is healthy, happy and safe.

References:

  1. Stress In America: Paying With Our Health
  2. State of the American Workplace
  3. Decoding Leadership Research
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