June is National Safety Month, sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC). Each week explores a new safety topic–giving facts, advice, and recommendations on how to maximize your workplace safety. Week 3 encompasses June 19 - 25 and discusses Injury Prevention.
In 2020, more than 4 million workplace injuries required medical attention in the US. It is generally hard to determine a leading cause for these debilitations because these injuries and illnesses manifest from many different causes. In 2020, one of the leading causes of workplace deaths was transportation incidents. However, many injuries and illnesses involving days away from work stemmed from exposure to harmful substances or environments like contagious and infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Health care and social assistance workers are at the most risk for this type of workplace injury and typically lose about 13 days of work. Overexertion in the form of lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying various objects and other bodily reactions is another common cause of work-related injury or illness. The age group most at risk of these injuries includes people between the ages of 45 to 64 in the transportation and warehousing industry. These injuries typically cost about 14 days of work and most frequently occur in workers’ backs. Therefore, it is important that companies take necessary safety and prevention measures to improve the number of injury and illnesses that occur in the workplace.
To learn more about workplace injury and illness and the best practices to minimize them, please visit: https://www.nsc.org/getmedia/dc014b71-630b-4a43-a435-faa36e0c230b/872700-rush-2022-nsm-injury-prevention-fact-sheet-fnl.pdf.
DII is your partner in workplace safety. Our team of experts can work with you to understand how to teach your employees best safety practices in your workplace environment. Please contact your DII representative for more information. #NationalSafety #WorkplaceInjury #WorkplaceIllness