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Safety, It's Not Just for the Field

An article was recently published in the Wall Street Journal on safety procedures in the office. The article addressed companies that are trying to create a strong safety culture both in the office and in the field.

Some companies have gone as far as creating safety videos that caution employees about texting while walking, requiring employees to fill out safety review cards at the end of each day (office employees have written they will take smaller bites and eat less bread on their cards), and asking employees to do safety analyses of rooms before meetings are held in them (look out for loose cords!)

If you haven’t read the original, check it out here.

We've compiled some arguments on both sides of this safety-culture trend as well as some stats on workplace safety in general. We want to know, what do you think? Where should companies draw the line? Sound off in the comments!

  • In 2010, 4,690 workers were killed on the job, that’s more than 90 a week or about 13 a day. (NCOSH)

  • Nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2012, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers (BLS)

  • Transportation incidents were the leading cause of fatal injuries in 2012 (BLS)

  • The most fatal occupational injuries occured in the construction sector in 2012 (BLS)

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