Safe Workplaces Rarely Make Headlines

Safe Workplaces Rarely Make Headlines


Do you care about safety? Do you care about employee morale?

If you said no to the first question, you shouldn’t be leading a business. If you said yes to the second, well, at least there is hope.

Industrial safety and ergonomic programs have been around for decades, but they often require high initial investments that take a long time to pay off – although they do pay off in reduced injuries, fatalities, lower employee turnover and savings in workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

Artificial Intelligence solutions can drastically reduce that initial investment and the time it takes for interventions to secure a safer environment for your workforce. Injuries could decline by more than 50% – and as a result, employee morale will not take a hit – and your workers’ compensation insurance premiums could decline by up to 40%.

According to the National Safety Council, work injuries cost $167 billion in 2021 – $1.34 million per death and $42,000 per medically consulted injury. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 5,190 fatal work injuries in 2021 – meaning an employee died every 101 minutes.

That’s unacceptable.

Face it, many industrial “accidents” are preventable. Beyond the deadly consequences for your workforce, severe incidents can damage your brand for decades. And even minor injuries have a negative impact on morale.

Even accidents that don’t make national headlines destroy morale and productivity. No matter their economic situation, how many employees want to show up at a worksite where their friends and colleagues were maimed or killed?

I’ve heard numerous stories about workplace accidents that have ruined companies for months or years. You think it can’t happen, but when it does, your workers are thinking: “Doris always had a smile on her face and was full of life, and now she’s gone. I not only don’t want to do her job; I don’t want to go down that aisle or even get near a forklift.”

Work shouldn’t hurt, and it certainly shouldn’t kill.

In the case of workplace safety, avoidance is your goal – safe workplaces rarely make headlines. Safety programs have progressed far beyond EHS software, telematics, wearables and video analytics. I would love to discuss how new Artificial Intelligence solutions can help keep your employees safe and productive.

Jim Tompkins


Jim Tompkins co-founded Tompkins Leadership in 2020 after spending decades building Tompkins International from a backyard startup to an international consulting and implementation firm. He is an international authority on designing and implementing end-to-end supply chains and has started 15 businesses that have generated over $2 billion in worldwide revenue. His most recent book is Insightful Leadership: Surfing the Waves to Organizational Excellence. Reach him at [email protected].