Statistics and Tracking
Until a business or industry tracks accidents, their related costs, and the resulting injuries and illnesses, they have little baseline information upon which to lobby for better accident prevention, which can result in a multitude of benefits. Some of these benefits are as follows:
- • Better Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance
- • Economic improvement
- • Humanitarian benefits
- • Less legal liability
- • Better employer/employee relations
- • More time for production
The benefits of tracking a company's workplace safety and health accidents/incidents are that it provides the data to assess the effectiveness of any accident prevention initiative and allows the company to determine the cost benefits of the safety and health dollars that are being spent by the company. Thus, record keeping and tracking make good business sense.
The analysis of industry-related hazards and the accidents/incidents that they cause are an important step in the overall process of reducing occupation-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Only after a systematic look at the hazards and accidents can a business or industry hope to integrate the accident prevention techniques and tools that can have an impact upon a company's safety and health initiative.