When Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing Co., a manufacturer of hammers, hatchets, and other striking tools, with annual sales of over $20 million, wanted to reduce the number of on-the-job accidents among its 300 employees, it called in the National Safety Council's Loss Control Management Consulting Service in Chicago.

The consulting service then evaluated the company's existing safety program at its plant in Bushnell, Ill., and helped institute a new safety and health program that included a four-day safety seminar for the company's managers and supervisors.

"Since the program began 15 months ago, our accident frequency ratio has been reduced by over 66%," says Don Crowl, vice-president of manufacturing. He adds, "Even though our guard safety devices were adequate, our managers and supervisors were never aware of the importance of safety until the Safety Council stepped in."

The National Safety Council, a nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization also has a special staff to deal with problems in 27 categories, such as chemicals and aerospace. Consulting fees run around $400 per day.

For information on ways to go about improving your company's safety program, write the Loss Control Management Consulting Service, National Safety Council, Industrial Department, 444 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.