I visited a hardwood sawmill in Princeton, West Virginia who talked about their safety culture.
They noted the employee involvement in their safety culture. They said employees do four things:
- Employees inspect. They use employees on teams to conduct regular plant inspections. They believe employees are closer to the action and can point out shortcomings.
- They enforce. Employees take responsibility for assuring safe behavior in the plant.
- They report. They alert ownership to issues in the plant that are risky.
- They recommend. They routinely point to projects that should be considered for a safer environment.
Listening to that presentation, it reinforced a belief I have: we will be as safe as we can be when every employee believes that safety is his responsibility and is accountable for it.
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