Every day around the world 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – that’s more than 2.3 million deaths per year. 317 million accidents occur on the job annually; many of these resulting in extended absences from work. The human cost is vast, and the economic burden is estimated at 4 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year.
‘Safety is our number one priority’ or similar messages are a regular broadcast from many organisations.
But just saying it doesn’t deliver it.
In reality, for safety to be an organisation’s number one priority it has to be every director’s, every senior leader’s, every manager’s, every team leader’s number one priority too.
We know from our work with a range of organisations that the fundamental way for leaders to demonstrate that safety really is the priority is to ensure that they are having the right conversations about safety at every level in their business. From the conversation at board level about safety considerations of our long-term business strategy and investment planning, to the shift hand over conversation about the risks we face today and how we will manage them.