At Envirocon, safety is our core value and highest priority. It is our responsibility to keep the men and women of our company safe every day on every project. This June, Envirocon joins the National Safety Council (NSC) to focus on reducing the leading causes of injuries in the workplace during the NSC’s National Safety Month.
The NSC has provided safety topics focusing on a different overarching cause of injuries and fatalities on work sites. The topics for this year are:
- Emergency Preparedness (Week 1)
- Wellness (Week 2)
- Slips, Trips, and Falls (Week 3)
- Driving (Week 4)
Along with these safety topics, there is an overall theme for National Safety Month. “No One Gets Hurt” is an NSC initiative to identify safety risks at work and at home, preventing the leading causes of incidents. To participate in the initiative, the NSC suggests you make at least one change in your life to keep you, your loved ones, and your coworkers safer. Some examples of changes that employees have made are:
- Creating a home emergency plan (Week 1)
- Getting at least seven hours of sleep (Week 2)
- Watch out for tripping dangers (Week 3)
- Not using a cell phone while driving (Week 4)
The topic of week three is one of significance in our industry. Falls from an elevation continue to be the leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS data). We may not consider slipping at home or tripping on the sidewalk to be serious risks, but they can be deadly. Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for all ages and the number one cause of death for those 65 and older, according to injuryfacts.nsc.org.
Because of its prevalence in the construction industry, Envirocon regularly participates in OSHA’s safety initiative on fall protection – the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. This was the fourth year Envirocon joined in the Stand-Down. Every project paused during the work day to reemphasize the importance of fall protection. Before working at heights, it is imperative that we Plan, Provide, and Train.
- Plan ahead to get the job done safely.
- Provide the right equipment.
- Train everyone to use the safety equipment.
It is Envirocon’s responsibility to provide the tools and knowledge for employees so they can embody the “Work Safe. Home Safe” culture. National Safety Month is one of the many tools used to uphold that culture.
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