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Maintaining a Safe workplace Despite Radical Downsizing


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This presentation was made by Phil La Duke at the Michigan Safety Conference in Lansing Michigan on April 20th 2010

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Maintaining a Safe workplace Despite Radical Downsizing

  1. 1. O/E Learning Presents… Maintaining a Safe Workplace Despite Radical Downsizing Phil La Duke
  2. 2. It’s Rough Out There…
  3. 3. The Good News • Total injury figures are falling • Slower production = less risk • Fear of fraud is unfounded • Less funding generally does not equate to more injuries • Workers’ Compensation claims are falling
  4. 4. The Bad News • High seniority workers moved to unfamiliar jobs may lead to more injuries • Many workers will not report injuries for fear of being let go • Fewer work hours create higher rates for the same number of injuries • Fewer workers inflate the rates • Workers’ Compensation costs rise • Severity rates rise
  5. 5. Findings • Very little research • Workers’ Compensation costs rise • Stress is the greatest threat
  6. 6. Protecting the Company • Risk mitigation • Fraud prevention • Tactical approach • Containment versus correction • Out of the box thinking
  7. 7. Protecting Workers • Refresher training • Qualify workers • Revisit your safety strategy • Job placements • Consider short-term containment • Revise Job Safety Analysis • Implement Stress Management • Capitalize on the situation
  8. 8. Conclusion • Questions?
  9. 9. Thank You!