In today's work climate, respiratory protection seems to be involved in all areas of safety, from the Construction Industry with issues surrounding the new Silica Standard requirements to indoor air quality in the General Industry arena. Having a good respiratory protection program could potentially prevent hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses every year.
So you've made that decision. As you hobble out of the bar, you stumble to your car thinking "I only live 2 miles away," all the while you've dropped your keys trying to unlock your car door. You know you shouldn't be driving tonight. You know society and the law severely frowns on drinking and driving, and that thousands of people are killed every day from people like you. At that moment you see the carnage. You see the news real footage runs through your head of the police lights and ambulances. You hear the cries of the mothers, wives and husbands after they've lost a loved one to such an avoidable and selfish decision. At that moment, you make another decision - a decision that will save not only your wallet but the lives of those around you. You are one a very small group of people who decided not to drink and drive.
Unsafe lifting leads to thousands of injuries every year. While these injuries are rarely fatal, many result in time away from work and chronic pain. The good news is many of these accidents can be avoided by practicing safe lifting habits and using proper lifting aids and tools.