Injury Prevention: Workplace Safety
National Safety Month
June is National Safety Month – the annual observance to help keep each other safe from the workplace to any place. We are excited to join the National Safety Council (NSC) in observing this important initiative. The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate. They also focus on eliminating the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
This week we will discuss injury prevention. First off, the leading causes of workplace deaths and nonfatal injuries and illnesses are not always the same. While transportation incidents were the leading cause of workplace death in 2020, exposure to harmful substances or environments was the leading cause of injuries and illnesses.
This was involving days away from work, which includes contagious and infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Overexertion (e.g., lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying objects) and bodily reactions have long been the leading cause of work-related injuries and illnesses, with the recent exception of 2020 due to COVID-19.
According to the National Safety Council Injury Facts, 4 million work-related injuries requiring medical consultation occurred in the U.S. in 2020. This resulted in more than $643 billion in costs. Visit injuryfacts.nsc.org to get additional detail on workplace injuries and more.
ABR Safety Tip for Injury Prevention: Report Unsafe Conditions
To conclude, we will leave you with an ABR safety tip! The only way to stop unsafe conditions from happening is to report them to supervisors as soon as you notice them. By doing this, you will help be part of the solution. It’s important to always report any hazardous situation or unsafe condition as soon as possible. Remember to report unsafe conditions to keep yourself and other employees safe.
Dave Unmacht, Senior Risk Specialist at ABR Employment Services, closely monitors and updates ABR staff on safe workplace operations. As your manufacturing workforce solutions partner, we have a dual responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all worksite employees, temporary and permanent staff alike. If you have any questions, please contact your ABR Representative.