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June Is National Safety Month – Are You Safe?

By Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney on June 19, 2017

June is National Safety Month, as designated by the National Safety Council, a nongovernmental public service organization with a mission to “eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy.”

Safety is a critical issue no matter where you go. Unfortunate and avoidable accidents can strike anytime and anyplace, leading to victims who sometimes face long recoveries, missed time from work, and exorbitant medical bills. In the worst cases, fatalities can be involved. That’s why it’s wise to take time and reflect on what we can do to prevent such accidents for ourselves and loved ones.

The Statistics

According to the NSC, about 146,571 people died from unintentional injury-related deaths in 2015. National Safety Month focuses on certain key areas to prevent as many injuries as possible. Topics such as falls, fatigue-related injuries, road safety, and more are covered in depth.

The NSC has listed the leading causes of unintentional injury-related deaths in homes and communities in the United States as follows:

  1. Accidental poisoning
  2. Motor vehicle crashes
  3. Falls
  4. Choking and suffocation
  5. Drowning
  6. Fires and burns
  7. Natural disasters

What You Can Do to Stay Safe

Much of their safety-related information is directed at families. When you have small children, it is imperative that you take measures to protect them from potential injuries—for instance, by moving all toxic substances, including cleaners, medicines, and chemicals, to inaccessible locations. Of particular note, drowning is the #1 cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, mainly due to falling into pools or being left unattended in bathtubs.

When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, driving under the influence, inexperienced drivers, and driver fatigue have long been leading causes. But with the ubiquity of mobile technology, driver distraction is fast becoming a dangerous threat to drivers and pedestrians everywhere. If you have teenagers at home, talk to them about the dangers of driving while distracted, the same way you would about driving under the influence.

Workplace accidents are also a focus of National Safety Month. The NSC sponsors many programs aimed at promoting and assessing workplace safety. It is important for employers to take preventative measures to protect their workers, especially in high-risk industries like construction. Failure to do so means they could be found liable for any accidents.

When Things Go Wrong, Call Naizby Law

Unfortunately, as the above statistics show, accidents happen all too frequently, no matter how much we pay attention to safety. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you need an advocate who understands the law and will fight to get you all the compensation you are entitled to. The experienced trial team at Naizby Law fights for the rights of Connecticut residents. Call (203) 245-8500 today to schedule a free consultation.

 


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