The goal was to increase safety awareness and decrease lost time accidents. The program was introduced with a Tee Shirt imprinted with the company logo and program name.
The workforce was divided up into teams. Each team that went one month without a recordable injury qualified for a pull on a slot machine. The slot machine was a real Las Vegas slot machine modified to display the company graphics including the company logo on the wheels. A prize board posted next to the machine showed what the employees would win. It was important that even employees who didn’t win credits on the slot machine still won the lowest level award. Employees winning greater numbers of credits won prizes of greater value, and the grand prize (3 company logos on the slot machine wheels) enabled the winning employee to pick their own gift from a merchandise catalog. All employees who went the entire year without an accident received an award jacket embroidered with the company logo and copy reading “Safety Excellence 2003”.
The slot machine generated a huge amount of excitement. The Vice President of Human Resources was noted as exclaiming, ”This is the neatest thing we have ever done”. After the first year, lost time accidents were decreased by 40% and accident severity was decreased by nearly 30%. After the completion of the second year, OSHA recordable accidents were reduced by an amazing 70%.
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