June is National Safety Month: Why You Should Put Safety First

June is National Safety Month, an annual observance sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC). This safety-themed month is designed to call attention to common safety and health risks and to educate Americans on how to prevent injuries and accidental deaths at home, on the road, and in the workplace.

This year’s observance is putting emphasis on the need for all Americans to practice safe behaviors 24/7, since most people are injured when they are away from work.

According to the NSC, unintentional injuries and deaths remain at unacceptably high levels. In 2010, it was estimated that there were over 126,000 unintentional deaths as opposed to 122,700 in 2009. The cost of unintentional injuries to Americans and employers exceeds $730 billion annually – that works out to about $6,200 per household.

According to a recently released report, Florida has the 18th-highest rate of injury-related deaths in the United States.

Each week of National Safety Month presents a different theme the NSC would like to emphasize: Week one explored employee wellness; week two will stress ergonomics in the workplace; week three will emphasize how to prevent slips, trips, and falls; and week four will concentrate on driving safety, with a special emphasis on teens and distracted driving.

Working hand-in-hand with various other organizations, the NSC has been promoting workplace, home, and community safety since Congress formed it in 1913. For more information on National Safety Month, you can visit the NSC website at www.nsc.org.

The personal injury attorneys in Tallahassee at Farah & Farah fully support National Safety Month and its goal of making the United States a safer place to live and work. Too many people are injured or killed each year in avoidable accidents that could have been prevented if simple due diligence had been paid to potential home, product, and workplace hazards.

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