June is National Safety Month
Written by Greg on June 1, 2018
Accidents at home, on the road, and in the workplace cause injuries and deaths in the United States every year. In order to bring awareness and promote safety, the National Safety Council (NSC) has designated June as National Safety Month. They partner with thousands of organizations across the country to provide resources that highlight common safety concerns. This year, they will concentrate on four major areas of safety including emergency preparedness, wellness, falls, and driving.
Companies and individuals should be prepared in advance for an emergency. An emergency preparedness plan helps you know what to do should an emergency arise. Individuals should have an emergency kit or go bag that is packed with essentials to get you through a disaster.
The Texas Department of State Health Services provides a checklist to help individuals and families be better prepared in case of an emergency. In addition to emergency supplies, you should also have an escape plan as well as a place to gather to meet your loved ones after a disaster happens.
People can become more aware of their daily nutritional needs and exercise requirements to become fit. In addition to eating a healthy diet and adding exercise to your daily routine, you also need to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
Companies can help their employees stay well by providing programs in the workplace. For example, they may provide fitness club memberships to employees for free or at a reduced rate. They should also provide regular breaks and ensure that employees are not overworked.
According to the NSC, falls are the second most common reason for preventable workplace injuries, second only to vehicle accidents. Falls can happen anywhere including at work, in retail establishments, in restaurants, in schools, and on construction sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, states that almost one out of four fatal falls at construction sites happen due to falling from a ladder.
Falls can be prevented with proper training, adequate supervision, and the use of approved equipment. Companies need to take care to provide a safe environment for their employees. Regular maintenance and inspection are necessary, and employees should be trained to use equipment properly. Supervisors need to manage workers and they should not allow any unsafe practices.
Traffic accidents are on the rise in the United States. In 2016 there were 3,776 fatalities due to traffic crashes in Texas, according to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS-HLDI). The vast majority of these accidents happened because of driver error.
There are many factors that contribute to traffic accidents and they include human errors, weather or road conditions, and mechanical failures. Of the many factors, distracted driving is one of the most common reasons for accidents. Drivers should not use cell phones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel, so they can concentrate on the road.
If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence you may be owed money for your injuries. Contact the legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm to schedule a consultation today. 281.587.1111
National Safety Council, https://www.nsc.org/home
Texas Department of State Health Services, https://dshs.texas.gov/preparedness/e-prep_public.shtm
OSHA Fall Prevention Fact Sheet, https://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/factsheet.html
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/state-by-state-overview