June 09, 2014

Trade–off between productivity and health & safety issues within company

Writing about web page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soma_mine_disaster#International

We are in an era of consumption. Even though we all have come across with 2008 financial crises and have seen its disastrous results, it doesn’t either stem the increasing consumption or foster savings. There are lots of reasons that boost up consumption; therefore, let’s summarize the issues under the idea of bloody capitalism. 

Today, we all have seen the some examples of industrial accidents in the documentary. I believe that they might be the only ones that are noticed by people, there should be plenty of them that could be under investigation or closed by third parties in order to continue what they were doing in the past, because everybody recognized that an idle factory is the organization losing money. Over time people get into the habit of ignoring some safety regulations to prevent utilizing the time, and then they sometimes convince themselves by benchmarking with other competitors which neglect these safety procedures too, and finally they really believe that it was the appropriate way of handling that task. According to this perspective, these safety signs, equipment, training don’t matter, because they consider occupational accidents as a destiny, which I strongly disagree.

301 people were killed on 13th May of 2014 due to fire in the coal mine, which was the worst mine disaster in my homeland’s history. Although the file is still under investigation, the company, held by private equity, announced how they cut the costs from 140$ to 24$ and achieve enormous productivity, after they have taken over the mine from government. Was it worth it?

The company should pay more attention and allocate more resources than other activities, because there are some moments in peoples’ lives that don’t have any recovery or repetition.

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

-William Jennings Bryan


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  1. Shujaat Alikhan

    Good point Nihat,

    It seems like many organizations still do not realize that by ignoring safety standards that they feel are expensive, it is cheaper to invest in the safety of the company and its people so that accidents that are much more costly can be best avoided. The trade-off, like what you said, is always more expensive, and especially the loss of lives such as in the coal mine accident.

    The concept of Safety should not be seen as just an external or extra activity/part in a company, but instead seen as a crucial because its importance to making customers (internal & external) feel better because they are involved with a company.

    09 Jun 2014, 21:37


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