June is National Safety Month
June 1, 2019
The National Safety Council (NSC) will host National Safety Month this June. Thousands of organizations will participate in the event focused on reducing the leading causes of injuries and fatalities at work, on the road, at home, and in communities. The annual event features downloadable resources and different safety topics for each week of the month.
Workplace Safety: National Safety Month Topics
The first week of June is National Trailer Safety Week, sponsored by the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers. Other safety events include Secure Your Load Day on June 6 and National Ride to Work Day on June 17. Main topics for June 2019 include:
- Hazard recognition – According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one of the main causes of workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is failure to recognize workplace hazards. Employers should inform workers of work hazards, conduct periodic inspections to identify hazards, and fix or implement control measures for identified hazards.
- Slips, trips and falls – These types of accidents are the leading cause for workers’ compensation claims, according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NSFI). Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include poor housekeeping, inadequate lighting, wet floors, and uneven walking surfaces.
- Fatigue – Overexertion is a common cause of workplace injuries. Workers should be trained on proper lifting procedures and encouraged to take breaks, especially when working in extreme temperatures.
- Impairment – Employees who are injured at work are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including various forms of disability. The amount and duration of payments an injured worker will receive depends on the severity of the injury and how it affects the employee’s ability to return to work.
Preventing Workplace Accidents
The NSC reports that approximately 11 workers die each day in the U.S. The council provides several recommendations to prevent workplace accidents, including:
- Avoid distractions while driving or operating heavy machinery
- Comply with safety rules and standards
- Use mechanical aids instead of having workers lift heavy loads when possible
- Ensure that all workers are adequately trained
- Encourage workers to stay hydrated, take breaks, and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Workers’ Compensation for Work Injuries
Despite employers’ and employees’ best efforts, workplace accidents do occur. Those who are injured at work may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including medical expense and wage loss compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and specific loss benefits. The laws vary by state; therefore it is advisable for injured workers to contact a qualified attorney in their local area.
In Pennsylvania, most employees are covered under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act). Under the Act, workers are granted benefits such as coverage for medical expenses for their injuries regardless of who was at fault for their accident. Those whose injuries cause them to miss more than seven days of work may also be eligible for disability payments.
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