National Safety Month – June 2019
June is National Safety Month, an opportunity for you to make a difference in your everyday life. There are many things you can do to improve your safety at home, in the workplace, in the car and while out and about in your community. By taking some extra time each day to think about safety, you can protect not only yourself, but your loved ones, co-workers, employees and neighbors.
Accidents can happen at any time, and by being proactive, you can prevent injuries and even fatalities. Here are some tips for making safety a priority.
Safety in the Workplace
Workplace safety is a major issue in the United States. A person is injured at work every seven seconds. This amounts to 88,500 people injured per week, or 4.6 million workers per year. This results in 104 million workdays lost to workplace injuries.
The most common injuries are strains, sprains, pain, soreness, cuts and lacerations. These injuries are often caused by overexertion, contact with objects and equipment and slips, trips and falls. You can avoid these injuries by taking frequent breaks, avoiding bending or twisting while lifting, being aware of moving equipment in your work area, wearing personal protective equipment, using ladders properly and removing clutter from your work area.
If you are an employer, you can help promote National Safety Month through a variety of actions, such as the following:
- Distributing safety materials to employees
- Writing blogs about safety
- Holding a safety contest, complete with prizes
- Throwing a safety fair
- Holding a safety-themed luncheon for all employees
- Having employees identify workplace hazards
Safety at Home
While we often feel safest when at home, many accidents occur there. It is not uncommon for people to slip and fall on their floors or get hurt by falling objects. Sometimes appliance issues can lead to burns and other injuries.
The good news is that accidents in the home can be easily prevented. Take the following precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones:
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Keep rugs secure.
- Keep hot liquids away from children.
- Use caution when walking up and down stairs.
- Install grab bars in showers.
- Keep hot water heater at 120 degrees or lower to prevent burns.
- Keep cleaning products away from kids and pets.
While most of these are common-sense suggestions, it’s a good reminder to check for potential hazards at work and home. As personal injury lawyers, we see a lot of accidents and serious injuries that could have been easily prevented. Therefore, take the time to make sure that you’ve taken all necessary precautions to prevent injury to yourself, your family, your co-workers and customers.