Practicing Safety at Work, at Home and in the Community

Here are a few ways to practice safety at work, at home, and in the community.

At Work

Here are the top 3 most workplace injuries resulting in lost work days and how to prevent them:


Safety at Work

  1. Overexertion – lifting/lowering, or repetitive motions.

    How to prevent:

  • Avoid bending, reaching and twisting when lifting
  • Take frequent short breaks


  1. Contact with objects and equipment – struck by, caught in or crushed by equipment or material.

How to prevent:

  • Store heavy objects close to the floor
  • Be aware of moving equipment/objects in your work area
  • Wear the proper personal protective equipment


  1. Slips, trips, and falls – falls from all levels.

How to prevent:

  • Place the base of the ladder on an even, solid surface
  • Use good housekeeping practices – making sure the area is clean and free of obstructions and debris


At Home and in the Community

Here are the top 3 more common injuries occurring in the home and in the community and how to prevent them:


  1. Poisoning – Poisoning deaths are caused by gases, chemicals, and other substances.

How to prevent:

  • Be aware of poisonous substances
  • Keep all poisonous substances out of reach of children


  1. Falls – Falling is the third leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death overall age groups, but it’s the #1 cause of death for those 65 and older.

How to prevent:

  • Remove clutter, small furniture, pet gear, electrical cords, throw rugs and anything else that might cause someone to trip
  • Arrange or remove furniture so there is plenty of room for walking
  • Secure carpets to the floor
  • Wipe up spills immediately
  • Provide adequate lighting in every room and stairway


  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents – Impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and inexperience can all cause serious injury or death.

How to prevent:

  • Avoid using a cell phone while driving. Even hands-free calling is distracting
  • NEVER drive while impaired – Call for a ride
  • ALWAYS wear a seat belt and secure children safely
  • Be aware of the speed limit and of children and pedestrians
  • NEVER leave children or pets in a hot car. Even in 70-degree weather, cars can reach life-threatening temperatures