National Safety Month is sponsored annually by National Safety Council, which seeks to prevent injuries and fatalities in homes and communities, on U.S. roadways, and on the job. All homeowners and business owners can benefit from participating in National Safety Month and giving heed to issues of safety. If you have been injured on someone’s personal or business premises due to negligence, you can file a civil lawsuit and potentially recover lost wages and medical expenses.
What Do You Live For?
The theme for National Safety Month 2015 is “What I Live For.” The National Safety Council is asking people to share stories about their passions in life and to gain a greater understanding about how to stay safe and live for their passions. The important topics focused on during National Safety Month are:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Prescription painkiller abuse
- Emergency preparedness
- Transportation safety
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Tripping hazards are a huge concern in every type of workplace environment. In order to fulfill the basic duty of maintaining a safe place for employees to work in, it is essential to be aware of tripping hazards. Below is a list of precautions to can take to ensure your safety:
- Provide employees with adequate lighting in all workspaces.
- Use non-skid rugs and tape the rugs down to prevent trip hazards.
- Store wires and cords, such as electrical and telephone cords, in areas that do not have foot traffic.
- When not in use, keep cabinets and drawers closed.
- Wear appropriate footwear for the job being performed, and be especially alert to outdoor conditions that could cause you to slip, trip, or fall.
- If a spill occurs, use a warning sign and clean it up immediately.
- Avoid carrying too much.
- Stay focused on your surroundings as you walk, and do not walk distracted.
Top OSHA Violation: Falls
A focus on safety is important every day. Year around, businesses are required to uphold safety standards that are provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The following information regarding the top three OSHA violations is among the resources available during National Safety Month:
- There were 5,423 citations for scaffolding violations.
- Hazard communication violations, regarding chemicals in the workplace, were the cause with 8,241 citations.
- Slips, trips, and falls caused 6,156 OSHA citations.
Failing to meet standards of fall protection is what OSHA cited companies for the most. Do not hesitate to contact experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney Jeffrey Harlan Penneys, Esquire if you believe that your injury is as a result of an OSHA violation. A free legal consultation is available, and there are no legal fees if there is no recovery for your damages. Contact us today by calling 1-800-injury-law (1-800-465-8795) or contact us online.