Each June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. According to the National Safety Council, preventable injuries are now the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.
Risk is an inevitable factor throughout all of our lives. However, when we make safety top-of-mind, we’re empowered to make smart decisions that ultimately reduce the risk of injury.
With many workplaces putting a heightened emphasis on safety, it’s no surprise that the average number of injuries is trending downward overall. Just four decades ago, 14,000 U.S. workers were killed on the job each year – a number that has now fallen closer to 5,000 workers.
It’s certainly no time to become complacent, however, considering that 2016 saw a slight increase in work-related fatalities. In fact, the number rose above 5,000 for the first time since 2008.
Falling is the leading cause of work-place fatalities. Not surprisingly, this coincides with the number one most cited OSHA standards violation: fall protection. While accidents do happen, protecting employees and reducing the risk of injury should be top-of-mind well beyond the month of June.
Prioritizing Employee Well-Being as Part of Company Culture
At ALTEX Wire and Cable, being conscious about the health, safety and overall well-being of our employees is part of our company culture. We’re always diligent about our practices, and every employee completes safety training, with a focus on being alert and aware your surroundings, and reviewing safe operating procedures for all equipment.
Beyond initial training, as well as keeping our facilities clean and safe, we also address employee well-being in a few additional ways:
- Inclement weather safety
- Lockout/Tagout procedures
- Forklift safety training
- Electrical safety training
- Eye safety and protection
- First aid care
Every employee deserves to work in a positive and protected environment. Moreover, happy and healthy employees take great pride in their craft and workmanship, and these are the types of team members that make ALTEX thrive year after year.
Interested in becoming part of the ALTEX team? Find out about our job openings.