NEW YORK – Workplaces that emphasize employee safety as much as productivity are some of the most efficient companies in the nation, researchers at Colorado State University discovered.
Researchers measured employee perception of their workplace safety measures using “ergonomics,” a method of increasing efficiency in the workplace by designing a worker’s job to eliminate hazards and reduce injury risks.
The study found that when management promoted safety and productivity equally, workers reported having fewer injuries. On the other hand, when one of the categories had more emphasis, employees reported a higher injury risk.
Brooklyn construction accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say safety has long taken a backseat to productivity but hope studies like this can change the work-site culture.
“Some companies see health and safety policies as an obstacle in Brooklyn,” construction accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “Every company wants peak-efficiency but safety can’t be sacrificed because studies have shown it greatly increases the risk of injury.”
“American families are demanding safety today. Car companies are now marketing vehicles as ‘safe’ cars instead of fast ones, food and cosmetics are advertising how healthy and safe they are.” Barnes asks, “isn’t it time employers market safety to their employees and job-seekers?”
The study is called “Ergonomics Climate Assessment: A measure of operational performance and employee well-being” and was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and health.