Distractions Cause Injury

1/1/2009
Learn Five Fatal On-the-Job Distractions

Distractions at Work Cause Injury


 According to the National Safety Council, workplace injuries cost more than $50 billion annually, so they’re a major drain on profits across multiple industries. Accident investigations usually reveal that on-the-job distractions cause employees to take shortcuts or decide not to follow safe work procedures, resulting in personal injury as well as destruction of equipment or property. 

Consider these five fatal distractions and how to avoid them:

  • The Distraction of Productivity. Employees face a dilemma when they feel pressured to complete a project or meet a deadline but don’t feel they have enough time. You may need to allow more time or resources for the job. 
  • The Distraction of Time. In some cases the clock determines workers’ decisions about whether to do a job safely or to complete it by a deadline. Ensure your employees know that no job is so important that they should take shortcuts in order to complete the work in a timely manner. 
  • The Distraction of Management. When management does not share a common belief about the importance of safety, inconsistent communications result. Showing an interest in the safety and health of all employees will have a positive impact at all levels of employment. 
  • The Distraction of Money. In most businesses the budget drives all executive decisions. Cutting back on employee training, and not replacing aging or un-safe equipment may result in an increase in injuries. Make sure to provide enough funding to address employee safety. 
  • The Distraction of Personal Issues. Without realizing it, employees often bring to work their off-the-job stress issues, putting themselves as well as others at risk of workplace injury. Privately discuss employee problems and if necessary, temporarily reassign them to job that requires less concentration to keep them safe. 

Call your Loss Prevention Representative at 401-825-2667 for more information on controlling workplace injuries.