Visual Timeline of Workplace Safety Problems and Improvements
The following infographic was provided by LabSafety.com, a provider of lab equipment and supplies.
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The graphic represents many of the horrible workplace tragedies of the last 120 year, including a few recent ones. We're about to come up on the 100th birthday of safety glasses and the hard hat… it's interesting to see how many lives are estimated to be saved by each innovation. One thing that jumps out at me about the timeline is that it focuses on physical safety measures and government action, not so much on changes in management mindsets, like those advocated by Paul O'Neill (check out my recent podcast interview with him).
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What's your reaction? Are there still additional things we can do for employee safety? We have a lot of rules and regulations, but it's tough, if not impossible, to legislate safety problems away. What can we do in terms of management mindsets and philosophies?