Preventing Injuries at Home and in the Workplace
June is National Safety Month and safety precautions at home and in the workplace lead to a healthy and productive life. The home is the second most common location of unintentional fatal injuries in the United States according to the Home Safety Council. Motor vehicles accidents are the leading cause of fatalities.
Falls in or outside the home, accidental poisoning, the careless or unsafe use of knives, home fires, and choking or suffocating are the leading cause of home fatalities and injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the number one cause of home injuries and death in the United States. Nearly 8 million people are injured in falls every year.
A workplace, like the home, can be just as dangerous. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported nationwide in 2017. More than 180,000 Texans suffered injuries at their workplace and 534 Texans died on the job.
In the event of severe weather, those at home and at the workplace, should know where to seek shelter at a moment’s notice. A recent outbreak of tornadoes in Texas and across the country is a warning for everyone to be prepared.
Observed annually, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, in our homes and communities. Mark Hanna, an ICT spokesperson says taking preventative measures can safeguard both your home and workplace.
“Identifying potential safety risks in the home or workplace is your first step in preventing potential life-threatening injuries,” said Hanna.
The National Safety Council offers these recommendations for providing a safer home and workplace.
Workplace Safety Tips:
- Inform Supervisors of Unsafe Conditions
- Use Equipment, Machines, and Tools Properly
- Wear Safety Equipment
- Prevent Slips and Trips
- Keep Work Areas and Emergency Exits Clear
Home Safety Tips:
- Watch your step
- Be careful what you consume
- If you smoke, go outside
- Keep the uninvited out
To aid employers with additional information on safety recommendations, ICT offers these tips at https://www.insurancecouncil.org/safety/.