November 5, 2015 Leave a comment
Have you ever thought you would go to work one day and never return? Probably not. You acknowledge that you face some level of risk on the job, and you accept that risk. But a bump or bruise here and there is about the worst it will get for most of us. The 524 Texans who lost their lives in workplace accidents last year were not as fortunate. That’s nearly 200 more on-the-job fatalities than California, the nation’s second-deadliest state to work in last year.
|“No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people.” – Secretary of Labor
Thomas E. Perez
Granted, Texas’ fatality rate actually dropped from 2.6 to 2.4 cases per 100 workers between 2013 and 2014. That’s well below the national rate of 3.2.
Still, one life lost is too many, as Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez so succinctly put it.
“No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people.”
Texas Mutual agrees with Secretary Perez. Partnering with you to get your employees safely home to their families every day is the most important service we deliver not just to our policyholders, but to every Texas business. That’s why we launched our Work Safe, Texas website.
The site is a forum for us to share our workplace safety expertise with you and your employees. Each month, we upgrade worksafetexas.com with fresh content. From downloadable posters to online videos to workplace safety articles, you’ll find resources that address the unique hazards your employees face.
Here are just a few highlights of the November offerings waiting for you at worksafetexas.com.
Imagine you’re a veteran electrician with more than 20 years on the job. One day, you suffer a severe electrical shock while working for a local utility. You remember being loaded onto the life flight helicopter, but nothing else until you wake up from your coma. You spend 45 days in the hospital. From there, you head straight to the rehab facility, where you start the grueling process of learning to use your new prosthetic arms.
This catastrophic injury changed Ronnie’s life, but it was not his last chapter. This month’s featured post from our award-winning Safety @Work blog tells the rest or Ronnie’s story.
Lockout/tagout: Controlling hazardous energy
If you make your living in manufacturing, construction, oil and gas or another industrial-type industry, your employees use machines. And machines have moving parts that can hurt people.
Texas Mutual has seen a recent rash of catastrophic injuries involving employees getting pulled into machines while clearing jams or performing maintenance. If your employees use machines, you should have a lockout/tagout policy to control hazardous energy. To help you get started, this month’s worksafetexas.com offerings include a short online video on lockout/tagout.
7 tips for working out fatigue
We know your time is valuable – and limited. We make easy for you to get the safety information you need and get back to running your business. Each month, you’ll find a quick list of bite-sized safety tips on a specific topic. In November, we share seven tips for working out fatigue through exercise.
Did you know?
Would it surprise you to learn that hearing loss is the most common workplace injury, but it is 100 percent preventable? Or that replacing an injured worker can cost up to 1.5 times their annual salary?
Our “Did You Know” feature is full of interesting facts that might change the way you think about workplace safety.
Of course, if we only presented the issues, we would only be doing half our jobs. Each tidbit includes a link to solutions for overcoming the roadblocks to a safer workplace.
Workplace safety articles
Each flu season, Americans miss nearly 111 million workdays. That translates to approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. This month’s workplace safety articles include tips for protecting your employees and your business from the flu. You’ll also find information on keeping older workers safe, making management accountable for safety and navigating emergencies, which is a timely topic in light of the severe weather Texas has been experiencing.
A brand you can live with
Texas Mutual has built its corporate brand on safety. But Work Safe, Texas isn’t just a catchy tagline. It’s a vision that drives everything we do. As long as Texans are getting injured on the job, our Work Safe website will be open for business.