Workers' Memorial Day - April 28, 2016
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Are you aware of Workers' Memorial Day? If not, you should be. The holiday- which honors those within your company, industry or community who've died from a work-related injury or illness- is celebrated every April 28th. If you think this doesn't apply to you, your community or your industy, please think again.
Each year, thousands and thousands of worker die on the job.
Tough stuff to begin to wrap your mind around. However, this holiday presents and oportunity to provide positive reinforcement to your employees while honoring those who've tragically passed away on the job.
Here are some ideas to help your company make the most of this honory day:
Before April 28:
- Communicate this upcoming day to all employees. Perhaps have the owner or senior executive send out a personal letter with payroll, about what your company does to prevent injury and illness . Encourage employees to have open communication with you anytime someone believes they are in harm’s way.
- Reevaluate senior executive discussions, safety meetings, toolbox talks, job site safety evaluations (basically anything that is already in place) to determine where severity loss exposures exist. The big question is what’s in place or going to be in place to prevent anyone from being seriously injured or killed on the job?
- Provide a severity loss evaluation and elimination process questionnaire to all employees to complete. The intent is to help everyone become more aware of their respective job and the severe injury or death that could happen to them. Their involvement will help create greater awareness, responsibility and possibly create much needed attention to a job exposure that may have been neglected or unknown from a safety perspective.
On April 28:
- Host a potluck lunch, provide hardhat stickers and ensure leadership within your company make it their purpose to reach out and visit the plant, tour a jobsite, give thanks to your employees who doing what’s right and making good things happen.
The key is celebrating those who have passed and the impact they have on your company’s workplace culture and safety initiatives.
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