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Please provide an executive summary of the situation below?


You are the president and

largest shareholder of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that employs 300 workers. You do not have a safety specialist on staff, but you do tae a personal interest in incident prevention. Recently you assigned general responsibility for safety to the day shift superintendents as a minor part of their regular duties. The plant has never been thoroughly analyzed for hazards, and you are aware that the operation is not as safe as it could be. Many of the operations require considerable ongoing maintenance by the workers to prevent incidents. Since for several years the business has been only breaking even, you have delayed making any improvements to the plant and equipment. You and the superintendents have concentrated your efforts on preventing unsafe acts by the employees. An elaborate system of worker reminders, such as posters and instruction by supervisors, has been used to make the workforce safety conscious. For the past few years, your performance with respect to medical aid and lost- time injuries has been average for your WCB rate group. Your company has es- caped any lost-time injuries for the past two years, including the current year to date. The continuation of that record has become an important goal. Signs in the plant indicate the number of days that have passed without a lost-time injury. Today, at 15:30 hours, a container of nearly red-hot, upper-control-arm forg- ings was overturned. The hot forgings fell on a worker who was helping the drop forge machine operator. The worker suffered third degree burns over 20% of his body. Though he is expected to recover, the worker will lose most of his right arm, right ear, and sight in his right eye.

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