Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month and focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.
For over 100 years, the National Safety Council has been the leading safety advocate preventing unintentional injuries and death. To learn more about National Safety Month, click here.
According to the National Safety Council, no matter the company size or industry, from construction sites to office buildings, employers who show they care about the safety of their employees see improved morale, increased productivity and lower costs. After all, you want all of your employees to go home safe and healthy. Arbill could not agree more!
Why does Arbill celebrate National Safety Month? For the more than 400,000 workers who rely on us every day to keep them safe, our organization is one that eats and breathes safety. We know first-hand the importance of keeping workers safe. We also know the value it brings to our customers as we build a culture of safety, just as we have built our own safety culture at Arbill. And in that safety culture, we celebrate safety success. We recognize those who have gone above and beyond to keep us safe. We share in milestones of injury-free days. While some companies just talk safety, we walk the walk. Every day.
Why should you celebrate national safety month? According to the US Department of Labor, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015, which occurred at a rate of 3.0 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Private industry employers reported nearly 48,000 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2015 compared to a year earlier, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). Because of this decline, combined with an increase in reported hours worked, the total recordable cases (TRC) incidence rate fell 0.2 cases per 100 full-time workers. The fall in the TRC rate was driven by a decline in the rate of cases involving days away from work (DAFW) and other recordable cases (ORC)—each falling 0.1 cases—as the rate for cases of job transfer or restriction only (DJTR) has remained at 0.7 cases since 2011.
Of the approximately 2.9 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015, nearly 2.8 million (95.2 percent) were injuries. Among injuries, nearly 2.1 million (75.0 percent) occurred in service-providing industries, which employed 82.5 percent of the private industry workforce. The remaining nearly 0.7 million injuries (25.0 percent) occurred in goods-producing industries, which accounted for 17.5 percent of private industry employment.
The takeaway is we are making progress on reducing workplace injuries, but we still have a long way to go. So today, this month and throughout the year, Arbill celebrates safety - because one injury, is one too many!
How are you celebrating Safety Awareness Month? Are you sharing electronic communications about keeping workers safe? Are you posting new signage that calls attention to safety awareness? Is your leadership talking the safety talk and leading by example?
If your organization needs training to create a safer environment so that your employees feel safer, your production goes up and your costs are reduced, Arbill can help you. We can visit your facility, assess your safety needs, train your employees at their convenience and help your employees feel as safe and productive as possible.
To see how you can reduce injuries and the associated costs call 800-523-5367 or click here to schedule a safety consultation.
Have a safe day!