According to the National Safety Council (NSC), preventable injuries rank as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017, 169,936 such deaths occurred, a 5.3% increase over the previous year. Additionally, there were 47.2 million preventable injuries.
June is National Safety Month, a time to focus on safety at work, at home and on the road. This year, the NSC is offering free materials to help people get the conversation started. These include tip sheets, social media icons, articles and more, centered around the following topics:
- Hazard recognition: Hazards are all around. Learn to spot and address them.
- Slips, trips and falls: These are among the most common causes of injury. Follow safety procedures to reduce the likelihood of accidents.
- Fatigue: Nearly 70% of workers report feeling tired at work, including those who work in industries such as transportation, utilities, construction and healthcare. Learn more about the causes and effects.
- Impairment: The inability to focus appropriately leads to potential safety issues for those impaired as well as those around them. Opioid and marijuana use are two of the latest challenges for employers.
Don’t Forget About Driver Safety
In addition to the four focus areas of this year’s safety month campaign, employers should also reinforce safe driving policies. According to the NSC, someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident every 15 minutes in the U.S. These crashes are the No. 1 cause of workplace deaths.
Anything that takes the driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or attention away from driving is a distraction, and one of the deadliest distractions is texting. The five seconds it takes to read or send a text at 55 miles per hour is like driving the length of an entire football field with closed eyes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The NSC offers free posters, infographics, fact sheets, survivor stories, policy implementation tools and more to help employers educate employees and help keep them safe. Download the kit here. Your local Hylant risk expert can also advise on ways to make your workplace safer.