Can Working Faster Cause More Injuries?

According to a recent survey, the answer is unknown. But it does show that task completion takes precedence over safety. The National Safety Council surveyed 2,000 workers in two dozen industries and found that 36% strongly or somewhat agreed that safety was secondary to completing the task.

By industry 68% of employees in Agriculture and Forestry answered that safety was secondary. In Construction and Manufacturing 58% and 45% answered that getting the job done was more important than safety respectively. 32% said they were afraid to report safety issues.

While the results did not discuss injuries, the data indicate that employees may be inclined to cut corners and ignore safety requirements. This, despite that finding that 71% say they receive safety training as part of their orientation and are well trained in emergency practices.

Safety training and safe workplaces are crucial to keeping workers’comp costs down. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

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David Schek