Over the course of five decades, Schwarz & Schwarz has represented a tremendous number of individuals injured as a result of workplace accidents throughout a wide array of trades and industries. These injuries were often catastrophic and occurred due to the fault of a third party. During the course of representing these clients, partner, Daniel A. Schwarz, Esquire noticed the development of trends in similar injuries within specific industries.
In response to these alarming injury trends, Mr. Schwarz invented the Safety System, a ground breaking program designed to report and track repetitive workplace injuries. The Safety System tracks specific information obtained from the OSHA 300 logs, as well as other relevant worksite information and data, and it categorically sorts and analyzes workplace injuries by industry, injury/exposure type, equipment type and work practices. The information is disseminated to participating groups locally and nationally, affording them access to relevant safety information throughout their respective industries.
Prior to the development of the Safety System, workplace accident information was not uniformly gathered, and therefore groups were unable to effectively analyze the data to identify common trends or practices involving trade workers. Since the invention of the Safety System, various types of unsafe worksite practices and equipment types have been identified, corrected and changed in order to create a safer work environment. Moreover, the Safety System now provides a proactive tool that can be utilized to understand workplace accidents, in addition to reducing future occupational exposures and injuries.
As a result of Schwarz & Schwarz’s unique understanding of workplace accidents and injuries, and the importance of incorporating a tracking and recording system in the workplace, Mr. Daniel Schwarz was sought out to assist OSHA in its modernization and digitization of their 300 logs; a project overseen by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA is seeking to update its current recording system to a modernized record keeping program that would aid the organization, employers, employees, researchers and the public in preventing workplace injuries. Stakeholder Meetings were conducted in May, 2010 by OSHA in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois. As a result of the meetings, which Mr. Schwarz participated in, the Safety System program is now included as part of the OSHA modernization docket.