Job Safety Analysis – Every Day, Every Project

Unfortunately, there are still thousands of workplace fatalities every year in America. Accidents and injuries are happening every day across our country. Statistics indicate that half of these accidents, injuries, and deaths happened because the employee effected didn’t have the proper training or personal protective equipment needed to avoid the tragic result.

For the last ten years we have been actively trying to convince business owners, human resource directors, and operation leaders to do the right thing. You would be absolutely amazed by how so many businesses think that safety training is optional. We understand that training employees can be expensive. However, with the United States Department of Justice is now prosecuting workplace catastrophes and fatalities. Your entire life can be ruined if you are the supervisor, management, or an executive of an employee who dies that was untrained.

Federal prosecutors can decide to prosecute the direct supervisor, management, and even executives when this happens. Companies who are found to have willfully violated the regulations can be subject to criminal prosecutions that includes jail time. Not sure how you all feel, but I would be extremely angry if I had to go to the pokey because the cheap company, I worked for wouldn’t pay for training.

What Should You Do?

If you work for an outfit who doesn’t conduct safety training, find another company who does. Why would you want to work for someone who puts their profits over your safety? What do you gain from that? Do you think they will cut you a check at the end of the year and share those profits with you?

How do you avoid this mess, if you can’t find a new job? Believe it or not, it is easy. Attached to this safety meeting, is a simple Job Safety Analysis form. I recommend that you fill this out each morning, have all your workers sign in. At the end of the day, have them all sign out that they worked safely and haven’t been injured.

By conducting the JSA every day, you will ensure that everyone has the proper training, personal protective equipment, and is aware of the potential hazards that day. Which is vital to complying with the immense amount of OSHA regulations you are responsible for.

Can anyone describe a situation where someone died at their project or facility? How did it happen? How did it make you feel? Could it have been prevented?

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