Most workers go through their entire careers without suffering a serious job-related injury. That’s the good news. The bad news is that many workers still get injured, and a few tend to suffer injuries repeatedly, sometimes because they repeatedly ignore safety rules.
So, what can be done about the repeat safety offender?
The first step in stopping a worker from repeatedly becoming injured or having accidents is determining the underlying cause. A few typical (and likely) reasons might be:
Naturally, the way you address a repeat issue will vary depending on the root cause(s). In many cases, retraining will be a part of your approach. This training shouldn’t be the same training you initially gave, however. If the prior training did not work for the repeat safety offenders, they may need training that is geared toward them. In particular, they need to be shown what specifically they are doing that is unsafe and causing injury.
Finally, you may also need to train workers on your discipline policy if safety rules are not being followed, and ensure that policy is carried out when appropriate.
If a workplace injury is recordable, it must be listed on your OSHA 300 Log. However, in order to spot trends, you may want to track non-recordable injuries as well. The J. J. Keller® SAFETY MANAGEMENT SUITE Incident Center helps you by allowing entry of recordable and non-recordable cases. This can help you identify and address safety issues by tracking trends in your safety program.