Dec. 10, 2014
MSCI Safety Survey: Distributors Improving Performance
Accident rates are on the decline at service centers of all sizes despite increased man hours, reports the Metals Service Center Institute, based on its recent safety survey. MSCI's survey was designed to help service centers evaluate their safety performance compared to companies of similar size and to help identify opportunities for improvement.
"Every company has a moral responsibility to ensure their employees return home in the same condition in which they arrived," says Bob Weidner, MSCI president and CEO.
Respondents to the survey identified their top three safety concerns as: leadership/accident prevention, training, and material handling and compliance. The most frequent type of injuries cited were: lacerations/cuts/abrasions, strains and sprains, and bruises and contusions.
Each year, MSCI hosts a Safety Conference, open to all members and non-members, to learn from experts and share best practices. Norfolk Iron & Metal, Norfolk, Neb., is one of the many companies that participate. "Safety is universal, and it doesn’t matter if it is the biggest or smallest company. We all want employees to go home healthy, with no accidents," says Richard Robinson, president of Norfolk Iron & Metal.
MSCI has partnered with Optimum Results to sponsor a Safety Helpline for its members. The company offers dedicated resources to respond to questions via phone or email. Topics covered by the hotline include, but are not limited to: safety culture development, OSHA compliance, incident investigation, OSHA inspection response, OSHA recordkeeping, and safety team development. Members can find the new Safety Helpline at www.msci.org/safety/msci-safety
"Safety is a moral issue and an ethical issue, but it also makes good business sense to have a safe work environment," adds Dave Hannah, CEO and chairman of Reliance Steel & Aluminum. 'Safety goes hand in hand with quality and service. It's conducive to attracting good people. It's all linked. The impact of improving safety is that is makes the company better, safer and more efficient."