June is National Safety Month – 4132 Deaths in the Workplace Simply Unacceptable

June 3, 2016 0 Comments Events 1417 Views

Unintentional injuries in the workplace – such as falls, motor vehicle crashes and exposures to chemicals or other harmful substances – have reached their highest level since 2008, according to National Safety Council analysis of final federal data. In 2014, 4,132 workers died of unintentional injuries – an increase of 6 percent over 2013. This is the first sizable increase in unintentional workplace deaths in 20 years. In that time, 92,533 workers have been killed – every single death preventable.
The data gets worse. Certain industries experienced sharper rises in unintentional injuries than others, including the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry (18 percent), the mining industry (18 percent), the manufacturing industry (11 percent), and the construction industry (8 percent). Older workers also saw a record-high number of fatalities – both intentional and unintentional. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 1,691 fatalities among workers 55 and older – a 4 percent increase over 2013.
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work. Safety is no accident. A model for workplace improvement is part of the Topper Industrial comment. Ed Brown, founder of the company and father to the Fork Truck Free movement in North America believes investing in safety is a sound business decision.
Organizations that instill a culture of safety throughout all levels of their organization witness improvements in quality, efficiency, and productivity. Topper Industrial team members have seen that manufacturers that stop fork lifts, experience fewer injuries and illnesses, reduced workers’ compensation claims, and less business interruption.
High performing workplaces all have something in common – they are all on a cycle of continuous improvement that aims for a sustainable reduction of risk with a goal of zero harm.
The National Safety Council (NSC) calls this the Journey to Safety Excellence – a proven method to integrate safety in driving operational excellence. NSC has identified four integrated pillars to help organizations realize safety excellence.

Leadership and employee engagement
Leaders foster a culture where safety is fully integrated in the business and is a core value where all employees are engaged and share responsibility.
Safety management systems
A strong safety management system is a framework of processes and procedures to ensure that work tasks are completed safely to achieve objectives.
Risk reduction
Risk is the combination of the probability of an event and the severity of the injury that may result. Risk is always present in the workplace and those organizations who actively strive to reduce it will outperform those who do not.
Performance measurement
To manage improvement, it is essential to have measurable goals to track performance, looking at leading and lagging indicators and how they are related.


During National Safety Month and every month, Topper Industrial is committed to both saving lives and creating safe workplaces.


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Posted by Jillian Burrow, Marketing Manager for Topper Industrial – Material Handling Solutions



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