As we get closer to harvest we wanted to share a reminder on how focusing on farm safety can keep your farm running smoothly this fall and boost your profitability.
Believing Zero Injuries is an Achievable Goal
Shift your mindset from a reactive mindset to a proactive mindset: Being able to start thinking about how an incident happened and plan for ways to prevent it from happening again is a place to start.
Developing a culture where it is a condition of employment to work safe: Make sure all those who work for you understand the seriousness around a safe working environment. Even when the season is busy that is no excuse to perform task without safety in mind.
Employee buy-in is crucial for the success of a work safe program The rules and procedures in place should come with explanation. It is difficult for anyone to understand and follow a rule if they don’t know or understand why it was created in the first place.
Management must lead by example: By not taking a top-down approach employees are more likely to be engaged with the work safe plan. Strive to improve the communication to engage the employees in the workplace.
Give staff and employees ownership in the program: Allow employees to run the work safe program or lead a working safe committee. Have them participate in writing down the rules and procedures for a majority of your program.
Incentivize the working group with rewards: Not all employees think the same way. Create a rewards program for milestone periods of injury free working. Then reward with time off, food, or financial gifts to mark the end of a successful safe period of work.
Keep working safe top of mind: Have phrases that can serve as daily reminders to be safe and use them often. Possibly, have reminders printed on uniforms or inside facilities the employees use frequently.
There is no secret to how an injury or unsafe working decision can cost your farm valuable time and money. By creating a “work-safe” culture on your farm your bottom line is sure to benefit!