The National Safety Council’s report, “State of Safety: A State-by-State Report,” reveals that with over 146,000 fatalities each year, fatalities in the United States are at an all-time high. The NSC investigated state actions and policies pertaining to the reduction of risk for residents and has produced a report containing information gathered over the course of a year. In addition to being ranked the fifth most unsafe state overall, South Carolina received an F for workplace safety and home and community safety, and a D for road safety.
Through leadership, research, education, and advocacy, the NSC has been the leading safety advocate, preventing unintentional injuries for over 100 years. The most recent report sheds light on whether states are acting and implementing policies to support the NSC’s mission of reducing and eliminating preventable fatalities at work, in homes and communities, and on the road.
Preventable Deaths at Work
Over 40.6 million serious, preventable injuries occur each year, many of which happen in the workplace. In 2015, almost four and a half million work injuries and over four thousand work-related fatalities occurred in the United States. The NSC has partnered with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop the best practices and compliance tools that will promote workplace safety. The NSC offers workplace training, first aid training, defensive driver training, and an annual safety event to help prevent instances of work injury.
Preventable Deaths in Homes and Communities
Unexpected tragedies can happen at any time. The NSC urges people to be aware of potential hazards, especially those associated with recreational activities, and to take safety precautions. These are some of the most common causes of unintentional injury and fatalities in homes and communities:
- Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Choking and Suffocation
- Fires and Burns
- Natural and Environmental Incidents
Preventable Deaths on the Road
According to the NSC, approximately 40,000 people suffered fatal injuries last year in motor vehicle crashes. Some of these people drive as part of their jobs and if these workers do not receive proper training and safety management, they are at an increased risk of suffering a work injury or being involved in a fatal car accident. The NSC reports that the three main causes of fatalities on the road are alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving.
How States Ranked in the Report
Not a single state had earned an A, and 26 states received either a D or an F for overall safety. South Carolina was given an overall grade of F, with 34 percent of workplace safety indicators, 15 percent of home and community safety indicators, and 40 percent of road safety indicators in place. The NSC advises that all states should be doing more to create an environment in which safe practices can thrive.
Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Those Who Are Injured
If you were injured or you lost a loved one in a preventable accident due to another’s negligence, contact a knowledgeable Columbia personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.. Our lawyers have decades of experience successfully resolving various types of personal injury cases and we will vigorously advocate for your right to justice and compensation. Our offices are conveniently located in Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Aiken, Florence, and Sumter, South Carolina. We represent clients throughout the state, including Columbia, Lexington County, Richland County, and Kershaw County. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call us at 866-881-8623 or 803-929-3600.