We are a culture of multitaskers. This can be incredibly beneficial when you have a limited amount of time in which to, say, write an article and get your laundry done, but multitasking by its very nature requires us to focus on multiple tasks at one time, reducing the amount of attention paid to any single task. As such, if employees choose to multitask while engaging in a dangerous activity, such as driving a company vehicle down the highway at 70 mph, they are putting themselves and anyone they meet at a greater risk of being injured. Not only do accidents often lead to injured employees, they can have a profound impact on a workplace with regard to:
While driving can be dangerous, there are many things employers can and should do to eliminate unnecessary injuries by reducing the factors within their control. In addition to having a comprehensive fleet safety program, employers can consider the following risk-management measures:
Hannah advises employers on leave policies, discrimination, harassment, accommodations, wage and hour obligations and any other issues that may arise in the workplace.
Hannah advises employers on leave policies, discrimination, harassment, accommodations, wage and hour obligations and any other issues that may arise in the workplace. In addition to providing practical solutions to employment law matters, Hannah has extensive private practice experience. Her focus included early intervention advice and solutions to employers, as well as representing them in the defense of administrative claims. She now works on a team dedicated to providing solutions for employment law and compliance matters for employers of all sizes. Hannah graduated from William Mitchell College of Law, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winona State University.
If you could give human form to your safety culture, what would it look like?
Maybe it would be a thick-set, shirtless brute named Trog with a foul disposition beating out a drum cadence to keep your employees rowing in-sync.
Or would it be more like a fussy and constantly disapproving Dickensian paper-pusher named Fizzlewhite who has never met a rule or procedure he didn’t like, even though he hasn’t done most of the things he creates rules to address?
If you were to search the various “mommy blogs” and parenting advice websites out there, how many of them do you think would endorse the following practice?
A child’s safety should always be a top priority for any parent. When leaving children under the age of 10 alone in the house for lengthy periods of time, be sure to provide the kids with a loaded pistol with the safety off in case a stranger should happen by. In a pinch, recently sharpened knives can be substituted for the pistol.
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