Safety Pays in The New York Times: Many Years Later

On Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Over the years, Safety Pays has received all kinds of terrific press.    Last year, we blogged about how a 1993 article in the Los Angeles Times that vaulted our profile forward to the Southern California business community.   Although California based, Safety Pays eventually found its way into all 50 US states  — and eventually, the pages of The New York Times.

At the time the article was written, the big debate was whether safety incentive programs led to non-reporting of employee injuries.   The NY Times carefully researched this issue, including interviews with any number of Safety Pays users.   Again and again, our customers spoke to a proven fact:

Not once in 25+ years of doing business has a company using Safety Pays ever indicated an injury failed to be reported.

One of the companies interviewed was FTT manufacturing, a firm manufacturing high-precision parts for a number of different industries.   In the article, the company’s safety co-director was quoted as saying, ‘injured employees are never subjected to more than some good-natured locker room pressure.”   He went on to report that losses at FTT fell by a third during the first year of Safety Pays use.

Since 1991, it’s been the same story over and over again:   Companies that take advantage of Safety Pays discover a program that not only has proven effectiveness, but also a reputation for remaining OSHA compliant regardless of the setting in which it is used.