Safety incentive programs have been employed for many years as a means of keeping employee injuries under control. There are many ways incentives can be implemented and little is known about which are the most effective. This thesis project reports on a study conducted over five (5) years at some of BJ's Wholesale Club's highest accident frequency rate locations. Each year several locations with high accident frequency rates were chosen to be on what was called the Safety Task Force. The purpose of this thesis was to determine if safety incentives would aid in the reduction of workplace accidents. This thesis project tracked, reviewed and compared accident frequency at 24 Clubs located throughout the East Coast between the years of 1999 through 2004. The results were as follows: 1) the total number of accidents that occurred during the time each Club was on Safety Task Force was reduced; 2) the majority of Clubs were able to keep their accident rates low in the years following their participation on Safety Task Force; 3) safety awareness was heightened at each of the Clubs; 4) the safety incentives did not seem to contribute to the non-reporting of accidents. This thesis project also discusses the importance of adding safety awareness to an incentive program, pros and cons of offering incentives to employees to reduce accidents and the measures taken at each Club while they were participating in Safety Task Force.
Environmental, Health and Safety Management (MS)
Department, Program, or Center
Civil Engineering Technology Environmental Management and Safety (CAST)
Van Derlyke, Peter D., "Five year study of the effectiveness of safety incentive programs instituted at BJ's Wholesale Club" (2005). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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