2016 Safety Study: Seven key findings
Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2016 Safety Study identified seven high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries,
Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2016 Safety Study identified seven high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries today:
- Commitment to safety: More than two-thirds of senior management and operations personnel are very committed to safety in their facilities, followed by line supervisors (55%) and line workers (48%).
- Work group safety: The work groups that feel the safest in their daily tasks are plant management/corporate executives (74%), safety executives/managers (70%), and engineering (61%).
- Safety programs: Ninety-seven percent of respondents believe their employees feel safe on the job, and 83% have observed an increase in productivity over time due to the implementation of a safety program. The costs of injuries and insurance claims have also decreased since following a safety program.
- Enforcement: More than 70% of facilities hold regular safety meetings, perform safety audits, and have established a safety committee in order to enforce safety methods. Another 69% have implemented job safety analysis procedures.
- Safety meetings: The majority of safety meetings are held on a monthly basis, and the most active contributors are safety executives/managers (67%), plant management/corporate executives (66%), line workers (63%), operations (61%), and maintenance personnel (60%).
- Safety strategies, technologies: The top strategies or technologies that facilities use to enforce safety include personal protective equipment (86%), lockout/tagout procedures (78%), job safety analysis (69%), and internal safety audits (68%).
- Measuring success: Three-quarters of facilities measure their safety success by their number of accident reports and near-miss events, while 68% compare their OSHA recordables/time-lost accidents, and 43% observe lower workers’ compensation costs. The average facility has experienced two OSHA-recordable incidents within the past 6 months, only one of which resulted in lost time.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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