“Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury and may never recover.” -- Secretary of Labor, Hila Solis, Workers Memorial Day speech, April 26, 2012
To prevent injuries that occur in the workplace, you first need to know how they happen. Only then can you take preventative measures that both comply with governmental safety regulations and are practical to your given work environment.
First aid provides the initial and immediate attention to a person suffering an injury or illness and in extreme cases a quick first aid response could mean the difference between life and death. In some cases, first aid can reduce the severity of the injury or illness and can also calm the injured person, reducing stress and anxiety.
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 40% of workers injured have been on the job less than one year. Why are new workers more likely to be hurt? The main reason given is a lack of safety information from the employer. In a BLS study of workers injured while operating power saws, nearly one in five said that no safety training on the equipment had been provided.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - For the last decade, electrical injury has been responsible for an average of 320 deaths and more than 4,000 injuries including days away from work annually in the U.S.
Happy New Year everyone! We hope that you all had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and that you are ready to work together to create a culture of safety within your organization for 2013.
Welcome back. Our Blog topic this week is Slips, Trips and Falls in the workplace and we thought we would share some staggering statistics with you.