At our Board of Director’s meeting this past July, and MIA Past President was describing a conversation he had with a respected competitor, who is also his friend. The Past President had paid several thousand dollars for several of his employees to attend a training seminar, and his competitor, impressed, asked how he could afford to take four people to such a pricy session. “How can you afford not to?”, he asked in return – “when was the last time a single mistake cost you less than this seminar?”
This story comes to mind, because avoiding accidents should always be a primary concern. If you have had a safety problem – a shop or jobsite injury, an equipment malfunction, an A-frame collapse, or worse, you know that one mistake can have tremendous implications for your business and horrible consequences for your employees and their families, your clients, and the bottom line.
Our business can be very dangerous - whether in the quarry, the warehouse, the shop, or on the job site. So paying attention to safety, day in and day out, can save money and save lives.
The M.I.A. has put together a group of the industry’s top safety experts, from twenty four of the leading North American stone companies. Together, they have crafted a number of excellent programs, and have many more initiatives for 2014.
We have delivered our M.I.A. “Safety in the Stone Business” Modules to OSHA’s ten regional offices, so that their regulators understand how our industry approaches safety. And this year, the technical module was translated it into French, and modified for our French Canadian members, to be sure that it conforms to accepted Canadian workplace practices, as well.
On tap for 2014 is a new Stone Clamp Safety video, sponsored by Dal-Tile. This new video will expand the hours of M.I.A. Training Videos already available to all members.
I urge all members to go online to the Members’ Area of the M.I.A. website, and download the monthly Tool Box talks and Job Hazard Analysis documents. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel – the M.I.A. provides hours of safety programming that is tailored to our industry.
And this coming year, the Safety Committee is putting together a turn-key Safety Manual, so that every company, large and small, can have a properly documented safety program.
Thankfully, our members understand that safety is not a competitive issue. If you have any safety concern, reach out to the M.I.A. office, or to the safety committee. We all have to help one another, so that the industry remains safe and so our employees and clients can trust us to take every proper precaution.