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What is safety? Bloody waste of time and money! Really?

No doubt, there are some business owners who may think, feel and act like safety is a waste of time and money. An abstract quantity. A studied distraction from the all important business of the day, production. But can there be many of them around today, still in business turning a profit, if any at all? Not a lot, I would imagine.
It simply isn't logical to expect a business operating with scant regards for safety to stay afloat for any appreciable length of time because workplace accidents cost you money, whether you realize it or not. That accidents and incidents steadily chip away at your bottom line is no longer news. Proving it is not rocket science either. You just have to look to see it. Each so-called accident dislocates the day's plans and imposes a new agenda on all concerned, the individual (or individuals), organization and Clients.

It extends the boundaries of your budgetary expenditure, taxes your reserves, frays your corporate composure, downgrades employee morale, blots product quality, pushes deadlines further up field, puts a big question mark on your reliability as a business service provider. Accidents do your business reputation no good, especially when the consequences spill over your boundary fence to the next door neighbour's. They win you no new friends but are sure to scare a few old ones away each time. No one would want to be identified as a friend of a workplace where life, limb and property are under constant threat of insufficiently managed exposure.

Taken together, an accident is a killer in every sense of the word and in more ways than one. So it makes little sense to treat your business operational safety with kid gloves. To turn a sustainable profit, keep you out of debt and secure your business' future, safe plant, safe systems of work and safe environment for work must rank high in the business budgetary considerations. Pinching pennies in the name of intangible savings only leads to troubles foretold. Those who coined the phrase, "Penny wise, pound foolish", most surely knew a thing or two about workplace safety management long before our time.

It pays to get it right first time in this business.


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