Hello everyone, and welcome back to Safety Corner, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Division of Worker's Compensation (DWD/WC) safety blog! I'm using this forum to share some of the current, pertinent safety news and information that I receive from my network of workplace safety professionals and pass along to employers and organizations across Wisconsin.
June is the 25th anniversary for the observance of the National Safety Council's (NSC) National Safety Month. With the US seeing the highest number of workplace deaths since 2007 - there were 5,333 fatal workplace injuries in 2019 - this observance is more important than ever.¹ NSC Members and non-Members alike should visit the NSC's website for free safety promotional materials. Also, NSC suggested Safety Month weekly topics are provided to sustain one's safety efforts throughout the month Learn more: NSC June National Safety Month
National CPR and AED Awareness Week is June 1-7 each year. This week is used to spotlight the importance of knowing and using these lifesaving skills. Each year, more than 350,000 Americans experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. About 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes.² The summer months also afford increased focus and attention to water safety – including boating and beach/swimming risks. If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. The more people who know how to perform CPR and use an AED, the more lives can be saved. Check out the American Heart Association's resources, including the latest – "Hands Only CPR" techniques, see the American Heart Association's CPR page.
June is also Trench Safety Month, with the week of June 14-18 designated as Trench Safety Stand Down Week. The Safety Stand Down presents an opportunity for employers to focus and talk directly to employees and others about trench and excavation hazards and reinforce the importance of using trench protective systems to protect workers from trenching hazards. Visit the National Underground Contractor's Association's (NUCA) website for more information and Trench Safety Stand Down employee toolbox safety training ideas and resources.
While the NUCA takes the lead for Trench Safety Month/Week, also visit the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Trench & Excavation Home Page for excellent related free safety resources.
June 8 is the 8th annual National Forklift Safety Day. This year's virtual event will take place at 9:00 a.m. EDT, on that day. In conjunction with OSHA, the National Forklift Safety Day serves as an opportunity for forklift manufacturers and the industry to highlight the safe use of forklifts, the value of operator training, and the need for daily equipment checks. Check with your company's forklift supplier and maintenance company for more information and Safety Day resources. Applicable OSHA forklift/PIT resources include several online resources:
Wisconsin ranks in the top 20 states for lightning strike related deaths from 2010-2019.³ The National Lightning Safety Council was established to promote lightning safety education and awareness. The Council recognizes National Lightning Safety Awareness Week as a unique opportunity to provide the public with safety information about lightning. They encourage you to visit NOAA's comprehensive lightning safety website to learn more about lightning and lightning safety. Additionally, International Lightning Safety Day is June 28, 2021.
As a look ahead, July is the time for employers and workers alike to recognize and refocus on heat stress/illness exposures. Commercial drivers will want to participate in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2021 Operation Safe Driver Week. Finally, with summer vacation plans post COVID-19 in full swing, Family Summer Safety should be visited.
More information to follow as we approach July.
Have a Safe Day, Always!!
Dave Leix, CSP, Safety & Risk Manager - Bio: Dave Leix - CSP, Safety & Risk Manager
Dave brings over 40 years of professional safety and health (EHS) consulting and managerial experience to his role as Safety & Risk Manager for DWD's Worker's Compensation Division. He presents at a variety of association/industry trade group safety and risk management training events. Full bio for Dave Leix.