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Random Safety Checks Create Safer Workplaces - Detroit, Michigan Social Security Disability Blog | Adler Stilman, P.L.L.C.

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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 7:31 PM
What a surprise, random safety inspections make work places safer. Most inspections are conducted by OSHA or state approved agencies. Most companies in favor of random inspections believe that it will help improve the working environment in their company. They believe that workplace injuries will occur less often then they do now. Also they think that it will create a healthy and happier workplace as well as boosting the morale of the employees. Investigators think that these random inspections are doing what they were put in place to do. There is a noticeable drop in workplace accidents and workers seem to be happier.
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Study: Random inspections improve workplace safety - Safety News Alert

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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 6:45 PM
Researchers from Harvard Business school conducted a study on 818 companies. Of those 818, 409 of them underwent random safety inspections. Companies that were inspected at random saw a decrease of 9.4% in injuries over a 4 year time period. Also they saw a drop of injuries by 26% giving the companies an average savings of $350,000. The companies who underwent these inspections had zero effect on the companies employment, total earnings, or sales.
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Why Conduct Workplace Safety Inspections?

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Safety is a serious concern for any business. To make sure your employees are working in a safe environment, you will need to conduct a safety inspection. Whether you conduct your own inspection or ...
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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 5:47 PM
Safety inspections shed light on dangers that are lurking in the shadows of businesses. If there is an injury, it costs the company in a few different ways. The first way is they loose the production of the worker that was making a product. Second, depending on the severity of the injury the worker could be out for an extended period of time. Lastly, the company is required to compensate the person who can no longer work. This means paying for loss of production. The easiest way to prevent these accidents is to have regular safety inspections conducted in the work place.
Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 5:50 PM
Safety inspections do not prevent accidents by them selves. What needs to happen for them to be effective is the support of the management department. If they show the workers how important it is to follow the rules and regulations set by the inspectors then they will most likely follow these guidelines. Without the help and support of the management team, safety inspections are pretty much worthless.
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Study shows injury rate declines with randomly conducted safety inspections | SafeAtWorkAZ.com

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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 4:58 PM
If hazards, rules, and safety can become top priority workplace injuries would decrease by far more than you think. The most effective way to prevent illness and injury is to conduct random safety inspections. The majority if inspections are done by OSHA. Most of the time OSHA studies workplaces after an injury has already occurred. Although injury goes down after these inspections, it is unfortunate that this happens only after an accident occurs. It was found that companies that undergo random inspections have a 9% decrease in work related injuries. With the drop in injuries, the cost that goes with injuries was dropped by 26%.
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Random Inspections Improve Workplace Safety, Reduce Third Party Injury -

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In the past and even now many people/companies think that OSHA standards and safety inspections are cumbersome and cost a lot of money with no benefits what so ever.  The fact of the matter is that safety inspections actually save companies money by preventing accidents what otherwise would have happened.  Injury reports were studied and it was found that workplaces that have random safety checks had a 9% decline in workplace injuries.  Although OSHA seems like a wast of time, it saves money and lives.  

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Random safety inspections help rather than hinder business - news-content | SHP - Safety and Health Practitioner

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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 4:59 PM
Between 1996 and 2006 800 companies were set aside and 400 of those 800 were subject to random safety checks. Of the 400 that had random safety checks they had a 9.4% drop in injuries in the work place and a 26% drop in injury costs. If OSHA conducted random safety checks in all 50 states businesses would safe around $6 billion in addition to the savings from lost revenue to from avoiding sick or injured employees. Over all even though OSHA seems like a waste of time and money, it actually saves you money.
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In the past and even now many people/companies think that OSHA standards and safety inspections are cumbersome and cost a lot of money with no benefits what so ever.  The fact of the matter is that safety inspections actually save companies money by preventing accidents what otherwise would have happened.  Injury reports were studied and it was found that workplaces that have random safety checks had a 9% decline in workplace injuries.  Although OSHA seems like a wast of time, it saves money and lives.  

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It's Official: Random Inspections Improve Workplace Safety - ScienceNOW

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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 7:18 PM
OSHA is in place to assure safe working conditions for all workers. They do this by setting standards under the "Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970". They persuade states to follow these guidelines in order to have safe and worker friendly working environments. They do this by giving valuable information and training to the workers and their supervisors in order to keep safe and healthy working environments.
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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 6:00 PM
A safe workplace is an accident free workplace. Keeping a safe workplace should be number one in every company. When an accident occurs, and they do, the company will loose more the you think. They will loose the worker and the product that they are producing. Also your insurance premium will most likely rise and cost you even more money. Since a worker is lose a new one has to be trained to replace the previous one. This can be a long and expensive process. The easiest way to avoid accidents is to have annual safety inspections conducted. They will definitely pay off and will insure the safety of your workers.
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Random safety inspections help rather than hinder business - news-content | SHP - Safety and Health Practitioner

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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 4:59 PM
Between 1996 and 2006 800 companies were set aside and 400 of those 800 were subject to random safety checks. Of the 400 that had random safety checks they had a 9.4% drop in injuries in the work place and a 26% drop in injury costs. If OSHA conducted random safety checks in all 50 states businesses would safe around $6 billion in addition to the savings from lost revenue to from avoiding sick or injured employees. Over all even though OSHA seems like a waste of time and money, it actually saves you money.
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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 4:58 PM
If hazards, rules, and safety can become top priority workplace injuries would decrease by far more than you think. The most effective way to prevent illness and injury is to conduct random safety inspections. The majority if inspections are done by OSHA. Most of the time OSHA studies workplaces after an injury has already occurred. Although injury goes down after these inspections, it is unfortunate that this happens only after an accident occurs. It was found that companies that undergo random inspections have a 9% decrease in work related injuries. With the drop in injuries, the cost that goes with injuries was dropped by 26%.
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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 4:59 PM
Between 1996 and 2006 800 companies were set aside and 400 of those 800 were subject to random safety checks. Of the 400 that had random safety checks they had a 9.4% drop in injuries in the work place and a 26% drop in injury costs. If OSHA conducted random safety checks in all 50 states businesses would safe around $6 billion in addition to the savings from lost revenue to from avoiding sick or injured employees. Over all even though OSHA seems like a waste of time and money, it actually saves you money.
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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 4:58 PM
If hazards, rules, and safety can become top priority workplace injuries would decrease by far more than you think. The most effective way to prevent illness and injury is to conduct random safety inspections. The majority if inspections are done by OSHA. Most of the time OSHA studies workplaces after an injury has already occurred. Although injury goes down after these inspections, it is unfortunate that this happens only after an accident occurs. It was found that companies that undergo random inspections have a 9% decrease in work related injuries. With the drop in injuries, the cost that goes with injuries was dropped by 26%.
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OSHA Saves Lives and Jobs

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Matthew Thomas Baric's comment, March 13, 2013 5:25 PM
Everyone has heard it many times, OSHA destroys jobs and costs companies big money. The fact of the matter is that statement is complete fiction. OSHA actually saves jobs but most importantly these random safety checks save lives. A study was conducted in California where companies were randomly subject to random safety checks. Of those companies that were checked, they saw an average savings of 26% on workers compensation costs. That means each company saved nearly $355,000 as a result of these inspections. If you look at the entire nation, OSHA inspections stopped thousands of accidents in the work place that otherwise would have injured or even killed someone. Out of all the companies that are reviewed by OSHA could save up to $6 billion total. These savings do not even account for the loss of production from the injured employees that no longer need compensation.
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Tami Yaklich's comment, March 21, 2013 11:57 PM
Lots of good info, and good job paraphrasing
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