June Is National Safety Month

 In Workers' Compensation Blog

National Safety MonthJune is National Safety Month, an annual initiative to encourage Americans to keep safe “from the workplace to anyplace.”

What is National Safety Month?

The National Safety Council first established National Safety Month in 1996. Each June, this month-long event aims to increase awareness of the safety and health risks that workers face and to decrease the rate of workplace injuries and deaths in the United States.

June 2022 marks the 26th annual National Safety Month. This year’s program will focus on four different weekly topics, including:

  • Week One: Musculoskeletal Disorders – The organizers will provide resources to help prevent musculoskeletal disorders, a leading cause of occupational injuries.
  • Week Two: Workplace Impairment – Participants will learn how to recognize the signs of employee impairment, which may include substance abuse, stress, fatigue, and mental distress.
  • Week Three: Injury Prevention – Discussions and activities will highlight ways to curb workplace injuries and fatalities.
  • Week Four: Slips, Trips, and Falls – Technological advances that can reduce slips, trips, and falls on the job will be featured.

Opportunity to Increase Workplace Safety

According to the National Safety Council, there were almost 201,000 preventable injury-related deaths in the workplace in 2020. This marked a 16.1-percent increase from the previous year, which may have led to a corresponding increase in the number of claims filed by workers’ compensation attorneys.

Work fatalities, injuries, and illnesses reduce productivity and harm employee morale. For this reason, National Safety Month offers an opportunity to create conditions and implement protocols to increase workplace safety.

Materials are available on the National Safety Council’s website for anyone who wishes to participate.

Have You Been Hurt in the Workplace?

Regardless of the steps that an employer may take to create a safe working environment, on-the-job injuries will still occur. However, if you suffer an on-the-job injury in Illinois, you may be eligible for certain benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation system. To help make sure that you receive what you are owed by law, consider doing what so many others have done before you and reach out to the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.

With more than $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, GWC is one of the premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. Our workers’ compensation attorneys have the experience, the determination, the resources, and the reputation you need to get you and your family the justice you deserve.

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney, contact GWC today. You may call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with one of our representatives at any time.

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