Workplace fatalities are unacceptable. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, total U.S. workplace fatalities reached 5,250 in 2018 – the third consecutive year surpassing 5,000 deaths. Preventable work deaths, meanwhile, continue an upward trend, increasing from 4,414 in 2017 to 4,493 in 2018.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how crucial it is for every employee to make a commitment to work safely. Employers must provide a safe work environment, as well as the financial support, management oversight, PPE, tools and training workers need to do their jobs safely. Both management and workers need to do their part to make safety a personal priority.
Together, these elements are part of a greater safety management system – one which aims to continuously identify hazards and reduce risks to an acceptable level, thus lessening the likelihood of an incident occurring on the job. This system is particularly important as employees return to traditional work environments and schedules in a post-quarantine world. Take the pledge below to show your commitment to safety, from the workplace to anyplace.
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