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Understanding the irrational forces that shape worker behaviour will unlock key insights for risk-taking behaviour and bring a human touch to health & safety
Employers have a duty of care to their staff and must do what is reasonable and practicable to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers. However, despite plans, procedures and systems, people can and do, make mistakes. Risk-taking, inadequate training and human error all contribute to the safety of a workplace and failure to adhere to health & safety can lead to catastrophic results to individual workers and organisations.
Everybody who works to reduce accidents in the workplace is concerned with human behaviour."
Cowry can help you to reduce the number of employees who engage in ‘at-risk’ behaviour at work. By embedding the human touch within your organisation, we can help you to successfully identify and manage occupational health and safety risks and hazards within your business and build more valuable, trusting relationships with your employees.
The behavioural challenge:
Workers on construction sites were often found to be taking excessive risks in the workplace, which put them and others in danger. Our task was to reduce the amount of unsafe behaviour in the workplace.
We have invested heavily in this because we believed it would work. The lessons we have learned here can be applied to any project size, and don’t require a large financial investment to see a significant change. We are already sharing learnings from this study into our other projects nationwide. Knowing our initiatives have helped the site operatives feel better at work and reduce unsafe behaviours is priceless.
— John Coyle, Overbury (Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing)