The National Safety Council (NSC) has designated June as National Safety Month. While safety, of course, is a concern throughout the year, the NSC takes June to focus on particular issues that threaten the safety of Americans, with a goal of reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, in our homes, and in our communities.
Week 1: Stand Up to Falls: Accidental falls are a significant cause of injury, in particular for older Americans. The National Council on Aging says that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older Americans and that one-fourth of Americans who are 65 years of age and older will experience falls each year. Falls, however, can occur to anyone at anytime. Make sure stairways are uncluttered, rugs are firmly secured and adequate lighting is provided to reduce accidental falls.
Week 2: Recharge to Be in Charge: Fatigue puts your safety at risk, especially on the road or at work. Make sure you get enough exercise, maintain a proper diet, and get enough sleep and rest. Choose a vacation that allows you to recharge.
Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters: For your safety and that of your co-workers and family, you should always be aware of your surroundings and the location of exits and safe areas should you encounter an active shooter. The Department of Homeland Security promotes a run-hide-fight philosophy when it comes to an active shooter, and more details can be found on their website.
Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) as a significant risk to worker health and safety. These MSD’s can often be prevented through better workplace ergonomics. OSHA offers a variety of solutions on their website.
The NSC says that preventable deaths reached an all-time high of 146,000 people in 2015. To better address this epidemic, they are offering a free webinar on June 22, 2017. The hour-long webinar will address a variety of issues, including your “Odds of Dying” and why some Americans spend far too much time worrying about the wrong things. You can learn more about and sign up for the webinar here.
Here in Tucson, the city is doing its part to promote safety by recently banning the use of cell phones while driving unless you have a hands-free device. The ordinance, which took effect on May 1, will fine first-time offenders $250, with a fine for second offenders reaching $500. If a cell phone was being used when an accident occurred, the minimum fine would increase to $2,500. The city is slated to review the effects of the law in six months. Distracted driving, including the use of cell phones, is a significant safety concern in Tucson and nationally.
Take steps to learn more about keeping yourself and your family safe this June and throughout the coming year. You should also keep in mind that if you have been injured in a fall or work-related accident, or if you feel you may have a Musculoskeletal Disorder due to poor workplace ergonomics, there may be legal action you can take. Contact legal representation that can address slip and fall cases, workers compensation issues, and other personal injuries cases.