Safety Sets the Pace at Osmose

THE OSMOSE SAFETY CULTURE

At Osmose, we prefer to talk about our safety culture rather than our safety program.  A safety program implies a set of rules that people are required to follow, often reluctantly.  A safety culture implies that safety is a way of life at Osmose.  It is how we think and how we approach our jobs every day, not because that's what is required, but because that is who we are.

Over the past 20 years, we have worked diligently to establish a culture of safety by making safety an integral part of everything we do.  And as you will see in many of the statistics below, we have achieved excellent results and we will do everything in our power to ensure this culture and our safety performance persist.

 

SAFETY PERFORMANCE

  • 21 of our crews have exceeded 100,000 safe hours.  To put this achievement into perspective, that is the equivalent of an individual working for 50 years without a recordable injury or chargeable vehicle claim (CVC)!     
  • Though CVCs (chargeable vehicle claims) are not OSHA indices, they are important to us. Driving is risky and is our single largest exposure with a fleet logging more than 18 million miles each year.  We typically experience a CVC only once every 750,000 miles (that's like circumventing the globe 30 times without an accident).

Monthly Safety Tip: Wear Your Seat Belt

5 Common Seat Belt Myths
MYTH:  Drivers in airbag-equipped vehicles don't need to wear seat belts.
FACT:  Air bags provide supplemental protection in frontal crashes, but motorists can slide under them if they are not wearing a seat belt.  Also, air bags will not help inside or rear-impact or rollover crashes.  Motorists must wear a seat belt for protection in all types of crashes.


MYTH:  I'd rather be thrown clear in a crash.
FACT:  Being thrown safely clear in a crash is almost impossible.  When you're thrown, you may be thrown through the windshield, scraped along the pavement, or even crushed by your vehicle or another one. The idea of being thrown from a car and gently landing in a grassy area beside the road is pure fantasy. Your best bet in a crash is to stay inside the vehicle, securely held by your seat belt.


MYTH:  The chance that I'll have an accident is so small and those things only happen to other people.
FACT:  This is an attitude that is universal to everything we do.  It's easy to think that accidents only happen to other people.  However, one out of three people will be seriously injured in a car crash sometime during their lives.  This is a significant risk.  We never know when, where, or how it will occur.  The answer:  Buckle up every trip, every time!


MYTH:  I'm a good driver, it won't happen to me.
FACT:  You may be a good driver, but you cannot control other drivers on the road.  The statistics related to motor vehicle crashes and drunk drivers are devastating.  While driving defensively is critical, you cannot necessarily foresee or avoid every possible situation.  Again, you never know what might happen.  Play it safe.  Buckle up every trip, every time.