National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, in our
homes, on the road, and in our communities.
Sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC) and thousands of organizations
throughout the nation, this is the time to raise awareness and understand
what it takes to keep each other safe and out of harm’s way. For
more than century, the NSC has been a leader in workplace safety.
Weekly themes for National Safety Month include:
- Week 1: Prevent slip and falls
- Week 2: Worker wellness
- Week 3: Emergency preparedness
- Week 4: Ergonomics
Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages. Additionally,
they are the leading cause of fatalities for Americans ages one to 44.
This June, our Marietta and Cobb County workers’ comp lawyers at
Chestnut & Beller encourage you to learn more about important safety issues, such as slip
and falls, transportation safety, and painkiller abuse.
The following is more information about the issues mentioned above:
Slips, trips, and falls – These accidents attribute to between 15% and 20% of all non-fatal
workplace injuries. One in four elder adults falls each year, often resulting
in broken bones and other health issues.
Transportation safety – Performing other tasks while driving – such as texting or
grooming – distracts you and increases your chances of being involved
in a car accident. Distracted driving causes one-third of all collisions
in the United States.
Prescription painkiller abuse – Overdoses from prescription painkillers are a rising epidemic
in the country, especially among women. Approximately 18 women die every
day due to overdose, which is more than four times as back as 1999.
Everyone can do their part to reduce the risk of injuries. Ensure that
your wellness program at work is successful to ensure that employees are
more productive, take fewer sick days, and are less like to get hurt on
the job. You can identify the dangers of your workplace and make the proper
corrections. It is up to us to keep everyone safe.
If you suffered an injury at work in Georgia,
contact our Cobb County workers’ comp attorney at Chestnut & Beller today.