June is National Safety Month

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.