National Safety Month: A Time to Focus on Unintentional Injuries
Posted at 11:45 a.m.
Did you know that every four minutes someone in the U.S dies from an unintentional injury? That’s 120,000 people a year; 67 percent of all injury-related deaths.
June is National Safety Month, a time to emphasize safety — both at home and at the work place. According to Judy Schambach, loss prevention analyst with our Risk Management Division, the cost of unintentional injuries in the U.S. is staggering.
She adds that now is a great time to make some simple changes to prevent tragedy. For example:
- Look for and replace carpets and mats that are worn and can cause a tripping hazard.
- Replace missing bricks or repair holes in walk paths that could cause someone to trip and fall.
- When outside, be sure you wear the proper safety gear, like goggles, non-slip work boots and gloves when mowing the lawn, trimming bushes or other yard work.
In addition, Schambach offers an easy step everyone can take immediately to check for potential hazards.
Let’s all take a few minutes and make some simple changes to avoid unintentional injuries. Learn more about National Safety Month.