Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Once a Winner, Always a Winner: Occupational Hazards Once Again Honors America's Safest Companies

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Once a Winner, Always a Winner: Occupational Hazards Once Again Honors America's Safest Companies

Article excerpt

In this issue of the magazine, we celebrate the 10 companies that we feel are worthy of being named to our list of America's Safest Companies. You can read about these companies in a series of articles beginning on page 13.

But if you're once one of America's Safest Companies, are you always one of America's Safest?

Our first year, we named a company that several years later was cited for recordkeeping violations. The company's safety record wasn't as squeaky clean as it had led us, or OSHA, to believe. Although I have no doubts that the company is a safety leader in its industry and is dedicated to a safe work environment, the bitter taste of that experience has stayed with me.

Last year, we named Delta Air Lines one of America's Safest Companies. I shuddered when I heard the news that the company had declared bankruptcy, first because I respected the people I'd met from Delta and I knew they were facing some challenges.

Secondly, I prayed that the safety program wouldn't suffer.

I talked to Jim Swartz, Delta's director of corporate safety, soon after the news broke. He informed me that the bankruptcy was as much of a blessing as it was a burden. During tough times, he said, it's easy to become distracted. Because senior management did not want to lose its focus on providing employees with a safe work environment, the company had rededicated itself to a safe work environment. The company was safer than ever, he declared, and he wanted to prove it to me.

In September, I visited Delta's headquarters at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.