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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - September 22, 1976, High Point, North Carolina High Point Enterprise wednesday september 22, 1976 9bprizes help reduce on the Job Accident rates by Ginny Pitt associated press writer Industrial Accident rates have plummeted for a number of firms which award prizes to employees who done to Hurt themselves. Some safety experts say the win something for nothing drive is More powerful than the instinct for self preservation. The National safety Council says about 10,000 of its 15,-000 Industrial members use safety programs that rely on the american workers sense of Competition to Cut Down on the Job injuries. Jack Recht head of the Council s statistic division says these plans a called incentive programs a Are Good ones because it is necessary. Quot to continually motivate peo pie to observe safety the Council estimates that Only about 8 per cent of the More than two million americans who were killed or suffered disabling injuries at work last year were victims of unavoidable accidents. The rest suffered about equally from unsafe equipment or hazardous working conditions and worker carelessness. It is the latter a the More than 950.000 deaths or injuries that resulted when someone just did t pay attention or ignored safety precautions a that incentive programs Are aimed at eliminating Ashland Oil co pioneered an Industrial safety plan based on big prize giveaways to employees with the Best safety records the company has had a 50 per cent dec line in accidents at its facilities throughout the United states Over the past 18 months in one Peak period time lost accidents dropped 80 per cent and minor accidents requiring on the scene first Aid but no work time lost went Down 20 per cent. David c. Williams. Ashland s vice president for environmental affairs says on the Job safety Quot is mostly a question of Vav 1111 a in s and writer Jay lord Binder who manages Ashland s programs and planning Section. Developed the company a Campaign Quot to accept the Challenge of taking one of the dullest subjects in the world a Industrial safely a and making it interesting Quot Binder created three major themes for various periods of the Campaign to promote worker conscious Ness about Job safety the first was think Zero j week preceded by a period of mysterious posters and handbills advising that something was coming but not telling employees what it was by the time the company unveiled think Zero week As a concentrated Effort to eliminate All accidents. Employees were primed and eager to participate the result the goal of Zero accidents was not achieved but out of More than 25 too employees nationwide Only 20 work lost injuries were reported during the week a 55 per cent reduction from the same period the year before then Binder came up with the olympic thinking contest encouraging employees to submit poems Limericks and Catchy slogans about safety a comparable Accident rate reduction was achieved Over a month Long period the current and most am bilious theme is a nine i month major league safely program patterned after the All american sport baseball i each of the company a 27 divisions was Given a team title a Slicks. Racers. Binders. Com j Pounders Stickles to name a i few a and was placed in either the major league East or the major league West each month safety records Are posted As Quot team percen j tages Quot of wins and losses a the number of accidents reported the barrage of posters a which change from time to time and feature various employees dressed in baseball uniforms a and handbills and flyers in employee paychecks supplement the team postings but the big draw in the safety Campaign under All three themes is prizes employees win anything from cases of motor Oil to digital clock radios to a Brand new station Wagon or a trip anywhere in the world if their divisions Post the Best safety records names of employees from winning divisions Are drawn at random to win prizes so it is advantageous for employees to watch out for others As Well As themselves. Since the new safety Campaign began Ashland has spent some $45,000 on prizes printing and mailings. It s difficult to gauge claims As a result of the reduced injury rate Quot but it does have some financial returns definitely a a Williams says. Employees Are generally enthusiastic about the program. A it s very Well publicized says one Winner of a color to set in the think Zero Campaign Al Hamm an assistant controller at the firm s Headquarters in Ashland by Quot it makes you very aware of safety on the another to Winner. Anna Horvarth who works As a lab technician for Ashland in Akron Ohio says her coworkers Are much More safety conscious since the Campaign began. Quot now every time someone slips or shuts a drawer on their hand someone else says a of do you think we can still win Quot she says. The immediate results look Good but there is some dispute about whether incentive programs Are actually valuable Over the Long run at least one psychologist says giving away prizes to keep employees from having accidents is Only a Short term solution. Or. Joan Guilford of Orange calif., who has done considerable research on accidents says incentive programs usually Peter out after a while the workers think someone s trying to do something for them so they respond by trying to do the right thing Quot she says. Quot but after a while when the newness wears off. It generally does no to work a Recht. The National safety Council statistician agrees that Quot there is no Nice neat study to show Why this method works. But Quot he says Quot in the judgment of thousands of safety engineers those programs Are most successful and that a Why so Many of them use them if you could explain Why they work you could take Over the safety business right or Guilford and others believes that no amount of worker incentive is As valuable in Long Range Accident reduction As making sure employers provide Safe working environments for their employees. James Foster of the Federal occupational safety and health administration the government Agency which sets and enforces Industrial safety standards throughout the country says there Are Only 1,200 inspectors available to examine some five million work places for safety conditions Quot we Haven t been Able to inspect All of them once yet and we probably won t for another 25 years Quot he says a the equipment and facilities Factor of Industrial safety is the quickest and easiest for us to Deal with the people Factor a worker motivation a is a much More difficult and ticklish Foster say Osha uses the Basic equation people plus hazards equal accidents and incentive programs can be valuable Quot in altering the people half of the equation Quot in that sense he says Osha supports incentive programs at Ashland. David Williams and Gaylord Binder can t explain Why their program works either but. 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