Chicago -- -Mr. Davids Flooring International is taking workforce safety and health awareness from standard practice to strategic business function with the launch of its safety department. A new head of safety has been added to the business leadership team and a safety department has been launched to ensure that safety is strategically planned and managed in collaboration with traditional core business functions such as finance, sales, and operations.

“Safety is always a priority in our industry, but we saw an opportunity to also make safety a part of our core business,” said Leonard Zmijewski, co-founder of Mr. Davids Flooring International. “While still young, this new department has already delivered encouraging results for our people and our business.”

Driven by data showing that injured workers enjoy better, faster recuperation when they can return to work earlier, the safety department launched a new return-to-work policy that provides condition-appropriate work functions and physician directed accommodations to Mr. Davids employees. Already, the program has driven a reduction in worker compensation expenditures and DART (Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred) rates that are below the national average.

“We have always made it a practice to do the right things for our team members,” said Zmijewski. “As our company continues to grow, we want to make sure this philosophy carries forward systematically with great focus and intent.”

Mr. Davids Flooring International also advocates advanced safety policies, standards, and practices for the commercial flooring installation industry through participation in national safety groups such as the Coalition for Construction Safety.

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