Heritage Care Center, Fairbury, Nebraska Achieves TWO Years Injury Free!

Vetter Senior Living is deeply committed to the safety of our team members and residents. As part of our injury prevention efforts, we take time to recognize and celebrate with Heritage Care Center who has attained “TWO Years Injury Free”. Heritage Care Center in Fairbury, Nebraska, a Vetter Health Service community, recently attained this wonderful achievement.

A celebration to honor this achievement was recently held. The event included a steak and chicken bar-be-que provided by CEO and co/founder of Vetter Senior Living, Jack Vetter. The party kicks off with a plaque presentation to commemorate the achievement and all team members were awarded pins for their personal commitment to the goal and for their daily efforts to keep themselves and their teammates free from injury. Vetter Senior Living recognizes that laboring for two years without injury is a significant achievement. It takes great teamwork and allows us to continue to provide the world-class resident care for which our communities are known.

A safe work environment is best won by inspiring a desire to be safe and helping team members see that everyone benefits from safe work practices. It’s important to remind team members to practice safety, and studies show that education and awareness are key; however, team leaders underestimate their influence in shaping safe team member behaviors. Praise team members when you see safety practiced. Manage troubled team members, seek to intervene in team member confl icts, and learn the role you have in improving and maintaining morale. These endeavors contribute to happy, healthy, and productive team members, and fewer accidents result. Encourage peer influence to reinforce safe work practices and confront those that are unsafe. Model safe work practices, never glamorize risk taking, and orient new team members to safe work practices early on. Beyond “preaching,” these routines will support a work culture of safety that pays off.

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