The idea that workplace culture, along with human factors, combine with hazards to cause accidents is widely recognized. Today in modern workplaces, human centered leadership is a vital for accident prevention.
In the airline industry a passenger would have to fly every day on a U.S. domestic jet for 19,000 years before they died in a fatal accident. The reason air travel is so safe is mostly to do with airline executives understanding that the safety of their passengers is a very important business issue.
Where leaders demonstrate that the health and safety of their employees is a very important business issue then productivity, engagement, and outcomes all improve.
Why then is workplace health and safety so often a low level business activity until an incident happens?