Dennis Siano - Vice President of Safety
Boyd gaming has nine hotel-casinos in Nevada and one central laundry. Of those ten properties, we have 9,500 employees. We've always had a robust safety program, but I think the partnership with SCATS enabled us to understand the interpretations of the OSHA standards better, to understand what kind of techniques and strategies we could use - for one, make sure that our environment is safe for our employees or our team members, safe for our guests, and we wanted to reduce injuries throughout the workplace. They gave us feedback and guidance to improve our safety environment and to be compliant with OSHA requirements. In 2014, we realized our goal of achieving SHARP status at all of our properties in Nevada. On a business side of things, we have seen our worker’s compensation claims reduced by 76%. We've also seen our OSHA recordable cases reduced by 67% and their associated DART cases reduced by 66%. Now, this has equated to over two million dollars a year in savings. Working with SCATS, they're the experts - I mean you're getting an expert consultant for free basically, right - so they're going to go around, they're going to help you to develop your programs, to reduce your injury rates - it's going to reduce your costs, it's going to increase productivity, and increase team member morale throughout your company. I'm not sure why you wouldn't want to.