It only took us 18 days to replace over a million pounds of various cooling tower components, along with various other work, and every one of the seventy or more workers went home every day with all their fingers and toes. As a company, Bunney’s accepts no less than complete personal and group accountability for safety and expects each individual to internalize safety as a value that can never be compromised. This shows in the actions of the employees who work here, each of them knowing that life and health is more valuable than schedule or any other factor that would compromise their safety. But how many of us practice the same behaviors at home?
In 2010, 29.3 million people visited the emergency room for unintentional injuries that occurred at home. The preliminary number of deaths in the United States for 2011 was 2,513,171, a rate of 806.6 per 100,000 population which was 0.9 percent higher than the rate of 799.5 per 100,000 in 2010 according to the Center for Disease Control. Falls, poisoning, fires, suffocation, choking, drowning, cuts, struck by, crushing, electrocution, and motor vehicle accidents are some of the causes of injury and death experienced by people off the jobsite.
Millions, and even billions, of dollars are spent every year on safety campaigns that try to convince otherwise intelligent people to do simple things like: “Watch where you are going” and “Watch your kids around water.” The costs of the National Pedestrian Safety Campaign included, but were not limited to:
Or this unique and heartfelt campaign by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership urging people to do the simplest thing: Wear your seat belt. The value of your life does not diminish when you leave the workplace. Take safety home with you and Embrace Life!
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