Safety Management Series – Open Letter to Those Not Yet Fatally Injured Workers


It's that point of yr when most Employees' Compensation Boards launch their annual damage and fatality statistical experiences for the earlier yr. This yr isn’t any totally different and once more we're seeing yet one more batch of annual experiences telling us that nothing considerably totally different has occurred to our damage and sickness numbers. That is notably true in Alberta. The worst a part of studying these statistical experiences is to realizing that whereas we learn them we're once more replicating the carnage. Once more this yr lots of our fellow employees will die due to their work. Reasonably than simply sigh and ask rhetorically "oh properly … what can I do about it?" I'd wish to attempt one thing totally different.

I'm personally doing an amazing deal to alter this annual fatality quantity. Over the previous yr I've spoken to many teams each massive and small making an attempt to develop as a lot dissatisfaction with the present state of security administration as I can. The numbers of parents which might be becoming a member of my uneasiness with the dearth of outcomes for our efforts is rising. It's going to take a large number of us all getting dissatisfied with these outcomes to maneuver us collectively into a distinct motion.

On behalf of these of us who actually care that this variety of fatally injured employees hasn't modified an amazing deal during the last twenty years, I'm writing an open letter to those that are going to die this yr. Though at first, I have to admit, I discovered the concept a bit morbid, I feel maybe it might simply shake somebody off of their "I can't do something" spot. If all of us have been to extend our diligence to assist our fellow employees turn into safer and more healthy, then maybe we'll collectively make a distinction. Be at liberty to share this letter with the folks you’re employed with. Maybe it should make them take into consideration what they’ll do to alter this horrible final result. I believed I'd begin by providing an apology to the not but fatally injured employees who’re going to die this yr except we do one thing in another way. That is solely one of many issues I'm going to do in another way over this subsequent yr … how about YOU?

Pricey "Not But Fatally Injured Employee"

I'd wish to sincerely say to you that I'm very sorry that you’re going to die this yr. Though we don't know precisely which of you studying it will die, we do know that a few of you’ll die in a piece associated site visitors accident. We all know that some will die of an industrial illness and that a few of you may be fatally injured in a dramatic office incident like a fall or an explosion. Right here's what your co-workers would say to you after you're gone, so I believed you need to hear it now. Hopefully studying this letter might get you and the folks you’re employed with to take security personally and do what all of us can to stop your future deadly damage.

I wish to inform you that we're sincerely sorry that:

• we didn't take the time to just remember to understood the protected behaviors you wanted to comply with so you’ll go residence each evening to your loved ones

• We didn’t provide the proper instruments to do your job safely

• we assumed since you have been a seasoned veteran at your job we didn’t must remind you to take these vital precautions of carrying your private protecting tools

• we rushed by means of the final security assembly so we may get again to work sooner

• We forgot to look the place you have been earlier than we backed up the car

• We didn’t have a extra skilled employee with you to information you thru the protected procedures

• we didn’t put up the guardrails

• we didn't suppose that you’d go to sleep behind the wheel as a result of we scheduled lengthy work shifts and labored you time beyond regulation to the purpose of your exhaustion

• we talked to you in your cellular phone once we knew you have been driving

• We did present a equipment lockout course of so that you can comply with

• we confirmed you a shortcut to comply with that killed you

• we adopted a distinct stage of security in the course of the week than on the weekend when nobody else is round

• We didn’t acknowledge sooner in your profession that the chemical substances and substances that we had you working with have been hazardous to your long run well being

• we didn’t be taught from the final time this occurred to somebody

• we didn't guarantee that somebody was held accountable to repair the factor that fatally injured you

• We made enjoyable of you since you often took the time to be further cautious

• We allow you to work with out the autumn arrest tools

• we allow you to enter that confined area with out following the procedures

• We didn’t be certain that the protection guidelines we’ve right here really are the best way it’s round right here

• we did test to verify the tools you have been working with was correctly maintained

• we gave you’re employed that uncovered you to uncontrolled hazards

• we didn't take into consideration your security once we requested you to hurry that final job

• we despatched you down into that trench with out shoring

• we ignored the truth that you often don't put on your seatbelt

• We didn't do not forget that the overhead energy line we touched with the crane was there

• I needed to write this letter

Most significantly we're sorry that your mom & father have misplaced their youngster. We're so very sorry that your brothers & sisters have misplaced their sibling; that your little children will develop up with out you and that your partner won’t ever maintain you once more … For this stuff we actually sorry and want we had achieved one thing in another way.


Alan D. Quilley CRSP


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