Happy Labor Day 2015: Good Jobs, Safe Jobs
It's the Labor Day holiday in the United States today, so I'm trying to minimize my own labor (that said, I'll be working a bit… on the 3rd revised edition of my book Lean Hospitals… by choice… and not for an hourly wage). Many people ARE working today, including folks at the grocery store, the gym, and other stops I might make.
Anyway, thanks to those who are working on this day.
Appropriate for Labor Day is a blog post by MIT professor Zeynep Ton:
You can also listen to my recent podcast with Professor Ton.
It makes me sad that there are still so many workplace accidents. Recently, I read about a construction worker fatality at the Minnesota Vikings new stadium. This seems to happen far too often with new stadium construction. The company involved had nine safety violation citations over the past five years, including “failure to use safety harnesses on elevated worksites.” Shockingly, the company blames workers, as one of the owners said:
“…the company stresses safety on the job, but can't control the actions of individual workers.
“People do foolish things. They don't hook up their lanyards,” Berwald said.
Well, as a company owner, you're responsible for the culture of safety, and the culture in general. Do you discipline workers who are seen doing unsafe things? Are supervisors encouraged to look the other way when workers do unsafe things that speed up the work? You don't improve safety by blaming the workers, especially after a death.
We still have a long way to go.
As I shared last year, here are a few posts from years past on remembering the need for safety and respect in our workplaces:
Have a great day, whether you are working, spending time with your family, or both (like me).