Moreover, the number of incidents that resulted in lost time has diminished even more significantly, with only one incident reported of a fall resulting in a sprained back.
However, the tendency of decrease of safety incidents was slowed down in the middle of the evaluation period, which corresponds to our pre-training expectations. In this regard, one of the most important factors that contributed to the mentioned positive trend from the very beginning of the evaluation period was the high level of employees motivation in relation to observance of safety rules, confirmed by the questionnaires distributed in the beginning, in the middle, and in the end of the evaluation period. The decline in the level of employees motivation in relation to observance of safety rules was marked in the middle of the evaluation period, which correlates with the slowed decrease of safety incidents. In this regard, the important conclusion can be drawn that for safety trainings to remain maximally effective for prolonged periods of time, they should be integrally incorporated into the work process at the Moline plant in the future.
Building on the above-mentioned considerations, some relevant recommendations can be made as to the ways to achieve the most effective inclusion of regular safety trainings, and safety culture as such as well, to the work process at the Moline plant. Firstly, the practice of involvement of contract trainers has had mixed results and should be reevaluated. As a matter of fact, two of the four trainers received relatively low ratings from the students. Although the instructors were certified safety experts, students reported they knew little about the specifics of fiber-optic industry and other internal company issues. In this regard there are several possible ways to improve situation. One of them is to work with contract trainers before they conduct future safety trainings in order to have them better acquainted with the specifics of the Moline plant manufacturing process. The other option is to engage in upcoming safety trainings experienced plant employees rather than contractors. In fact, this option may be the most suitable, as the results of questioning show that most plant employees would opt for working with their experienced colleagues in the process of safety trainings. Moreover, the engagement of the experienced plant employees warrants the most qualified level of trainings that may cover most subtle details of the manufacturing process of the Moline plant. Thus, this approach to safety trainings, while completely adequate in terms of quality, may also turn out to be the most cost-effective one.
Importantly, while we have witnessed the marked fall of safety incidents in terms of their prevention, the growth of effectiveness of accident response skills was of a lesser degree. In this light, it can be recommended that the accident response training be reinforced with live drills that should take place at regular intervals as well, and be conjoined with general safety training. The principles of choosing trainers for such live drills should be the same as for the general safety tr