Coal miners, supervisors and mine-safety directors who participated in Massey Energy’s football-themed safety contest cut loss-time accidents at the West Virginia coal company by 47% in just one year.
Employees were assigned to “football” teams at their locations and competed with other employee teams for the best safety performance records. Teams won points for each individual member who worked a month without a lost-time accident or a disqualifying absence.
At the end of each quarter, employees on teams with no lost-time accidents became eligible for a prize drawing.
At the end of the year, they could win a grand prize.
Winners could choose their rewards from a catalog that included hunting, fishing and camping items, along with electronics, home appliances and lawn tools.
The program was named the “Raymond Safety Bowl” after a former employee who was legendary for hishabits.
By the end of the program’s first year, Massey Energy experienced its safest year since it opened in 1916. In addition,decreased.
The company estimates it reduced the cost of lost-time accidents by $5 million.
Contact: Ryan Westerman of Artistic Promotions, (304) 766-7760.
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