Southshore Companies is proud to have completed 2014 without a single recordable operations injury in all locations. This is an outstanding achievement considering the diversity of Southshore’s business segments and workforce. Southshore has over 100 employees in five States working in warehousing, transportation, real estate space leasing and facilities management. There are a lot of opportunities for injury in our industries. To go 365 days without a recordable incident is amazing.
Southshore’s safety record is attributed to a strong safety culture reinforced by an active safety committee with monthly safety meetings under the leadership of Jason Joslyn, Operations Manager. Creating a safe warehouse does not happen by accident, it happens by design and training to prevent accidents. Each Southshore workday starts with a comprehensive pre-shift team briefing, which includes safety tips and reminders. Everyone on site has a common goal and works together to achieve that goal. Each person is responsible not only for themselves and their own actions, but also for their colleagues and visitors to the site.
Southshore’s safety committee members are selected from a cross section of employees including warehouse floor workers, shift supervisors, managers and executive management. Remote warehouse sites are included via video conference. Safety training touches on all key areas that affect warehouse safety including slips and falls, forklift operations, heat exhaustion, ergonomics, hazardous materials and similar subjects.
An emphasis on safety can generate cost savings—both direct and indirect. A series of relatively minor incidents can still seriously injure employees and lead to lost productivity, higher insurance bills and government fines. Although not usually severe, warehouse accidents are numerous—the warehousing industry experiences nearly 15,000 injuries and illnesses each year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Investing in safety in general, is a smart move. The average cost of a recordable injury in the United States is $35,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Maintaining a robust safety culture is a continuous effort. Southshore understands that safety is not a one-time deal. Emphasizing safety throughout the company continuously has a positive influence on our success. We stress that safety is not separate from what warehouse employees do every day. Safety is a key aspect of how our employees do their job, and that's the mindset we must have.