Slip, trip and fall incidents result in some of the most common workplace injuries. The risk of falling outdoors increases in the winter as temperatures drop and ice and snow accumulate across parking lots and driveways.
What do the Holidays mean to you? Do you think about time with your family, time off of work, lots of food and presents, snow falling and carolers caroling? Those are all highlights of the holiday season! What a lot of us don't think about, however, is how we can maximize the bright highlights of the holiday season all while minimizing the potential hazards that go hand-in-hand with this time of year.
On April 28, 1971, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act to provide all workers a safe and hazard free place to work. This day has since been recognized as Workers' Memorial Day, or International Commemoration Day (ICD). This is now a day of remembrance for workers who have been killed, or suffered work-related disease or injury.
The National Safety Council is predicting 700 road deaths over the 2016 holiday season.
The week of Christmas was expected to take 314 lives and New Year's weekend alone will claim another 364, NSC says. That weekend is also expected to have 41,900 injuries on the road, compared to the Christmas-time accident prediction of 37,200 injuries.