According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were nearly 3 million nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employees in 2012, which translates into a prevalence rate of 3.4 cases per 100 full-time workers. Rates of work-related injuries have steadily declined by nearly 60% ever since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1971; however, it remains a topic that each and every employer must address.
Work-related injury and illness costs employers billions of dollars annually. These costs come in the form of higher insurance premiums, worker’s compensation, legal fees, broken/damaged equipment, lower morale, and broken client relationships. Surprisingly, it’s the indirect costs that end up hurting the finances of businesses most, not the direct costs.
Crystal Awards and Workplace Safety
How can crystal awards promote better safety in the workplace? Employers can give these stunningly brilliant awards to workers whom regularly practice good safety habits as a from of recognition. This encourages them to continue their safe working habits while showing others the benefits of doing so as well. The cost of purchasing crystal awards is a small price to pay for a safer workplace with fewer injuries.
Trucking and transportation logistics companies often use safe driving programs, such as the “Million Mile Club” to reduce incident and subsequently work-related injuries/illnesses. Drivers who are able to clock one million miles of drive time without causing an injury are inducted into the club, at which point they are typically rewarded with a personalized trophy, plaque or other goodies. It’s a simple program that can make a world of difference in promoting safer roadways.
But even if you aren’t in the trucking/transportation industry, you can still leverage the power of crystal awards to promote a safer workplace. Consider setting up a safety recognition program in which workers who exhibit safe on-the-job working habits are rewarded with a personalized crystal trophy or plaque award. This will encourage workers to remain alert and follow proper protocol to reduce the risk of work-related injury and illness.
10 Most Common Workplace Injuries:
- Fall from same level
- From from elevated surface
- Bodily reaction (e.g. slipping without actually falling)
- Struck by an object
- Struck against an object
- Highway/road incident
- Caught in between
- Repetitive motion