The importance of employee engagement as it relates to safety is addressed in a brief article titled “Turn Apathy into Engagement” in the February 2011 issue of Industrial Safety & Hygiene News. The article succinctly calls out several of the connection points. I have pasted the best paragraph in the article below with the link to the full article below that.
“Most companies have been so focused on observations, targets, policies and lagging indicators such as OSHA recordable rates and lost-time metrics that they’ve lost a handle on the very safety culture that keeps productivity high and workers alive and healthy. The engagement process in safety and health is best accomplished through a serious culture improvement initiative and navigated through a safety culture management system.”