June is National Safety Month; Pay Extra Attention to Slips, Trips and Falls
Posted at 1:45 p.m.
June is National Safety Month and the National Safety Council is calling on everyone to take notice of the fifth leading cause of death – unintentional injuries. Every four minutes someone in the U.S dies from an unintentional injury. That’s 120,000 people a year. Sixty-seven percent of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. are due to unintentional causes, compared to just 9 percent to homicide.
One of the top three causes of unintentional injury in the U.S. is falls. In 2012, 27,800 deaths can be attributed to falls, with seven out of 10 of these deaths affecting adults over 74 years of age. These statistics are not just numbers — they are our family members and co-workers.
In this video, Wally Simmons with our Risk Management Division, provides several tips to help you avoid slips, trips and falls at home and at work.
This year’s National Safety Month theme, Safety: it Takes All of Us, is a call for everyone to make simple changes to prevent tragedy in your workplace, home or car, such as:
- Use slip-resistant mats on floors.
- When getting out of a vehicle, create points of contact by holding onto the door, roof or assist handle.
- Reduce the risk of falls in your home by adding handrails, maintaining good housekeeping and cleaning spills right when they happen.
- If you need to use a ladder, read the instructions carefully and maintain three points contact with it at all times.
- Keep floor surfaces clean, and make sure wet-floor warning signs are posted in and around wet floor areas.