Random Inspections Improve Safety (TRN Safety Alert)

From Cliff Gerbick, CSP (The Reserves Network Director of Safety)

A new article released by Science Now outlines how a study, conducted by Michael Toffel, an environmental management expert at Harvard Business School, shows that random health and safety inspections improve workplace safety.  The study, based in California, looked for workplaces that had been inspected between 1996 and 2006.  After identifying those companies, the researchers looked for companies that were similar to the ones that had been inspected, but they themselves had not been inspected.  The researchers identified 409 pairs.

In order to identify injury rates, the researchers used workers compensation data from four years before the inspection and four years after the inspection.  They used the same range of workers compensation data from the matching companies that had not been inspected and compared.

Toffel and his team saw that companies that had been part of a random inspection saw their workplace injuries decline by approximately 9% in the 4 years following the inspection.  In addition to the reduction in injuries, the researchers also reported a 26% decrease in the cost of injuries, which included both medical treatment and lost days.

For more information, the full article from Science Now can be viewed by: (Clicking Here!)

Cliff Gerbick is the Director of Safety for The Reserves Network, a provider of “Total Staffing Solutions” in the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. To contact Cliff, email cgerbick@trnstaffing.com.


About TRNstaffing
The Reserves Network (TRN) is a family-owned, privately-held company that opened its doors in 1984. We have created a rich history of bringing employees and companies together by providing “Total Staffing Solutions.” Our office teams work with thousands of customers and job seekers offering Temporary, Temporary-to-Hire and Direct Hire placements to the Office, Industrial, Professional and Technical markets. Headquartered in Fairview Park, Ohio, the provider of "Total Staffing Solutions" has won multiple honors for outstanding sales growth and management excellence. System-wide, along with our Specialty Groups, TRN works with over 1,000 active customers in a multitude of industries and places nearly 20,000 employees annually at more than 40 operating locations throughout Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. For more information on The Reserves Network visit www.TRNstaffing.com

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