Safety and security are the primary two concerns of every human being. Without safety, life would always be insecure and guarantee-less. Safety issues and concerns are prevalent in many areas of everyday life such as car safety, patient safety, work safety, road, safety, home safety etc. As the times are changing, many of these aspects are becoming more safer while some continue to be very low in terms of safety and safety measures etc. The following is some more information about safety.
1. The Car Safety Revolution: Then And Now
With more than 1 billion cars on the road worldwide, car safety has become more important than ever before and some car safety inventions that have been made are seat belt, air bags and child restraint seats. Some inventions which are expected to be made are new radar technology, automatic safety monitoring system and electromagnetic suspension etc.
2. Safety At Work Place
Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come back home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer from a workplace injury from which some never recover. Due to workplace injuries, there is huge impact even on the families as they suffer from mental and financial suffering. The top 5 industries for highest number of workplace injuries fatalities are construction, transportation and public utilities and agricultural. By performing good safety habits in the workplace and taking the required compliance training, deaths and injuries can be significantly minimized in the workplace.
3. 1st National Survey Of Patient Controlled Analgesic Practices
This survey was conducted in March and April 2013 and the respondents include hospitals from across 40 states, non physicians, physicians and pharmacists.7 out of 10 hospitals said that they would like a single indicator whereas 3 out of 20 hospitals aren’t considering advanced age as a factor.
4. The State Of Ottawa Road Safety
Ottawa’s roads keep getting busier and busier with passing time and this can be estimated from the fact that each year, the number of licensed drivers in Ottawa grows by more than 15000. Infact Ottawa is also the 3rd most congested city in Canada and the 10th most congested city in North America. But due to this congestion, the safety on the roads has decreased and in 2012, there were 14503 reported collisions of which 96% were related to motor vehicles. In Ottawa, the time between 3 and 6 pm is considered to be very dangerous. Friday is the most dangerous day for roads whereas Sunday is the safest. Infact, one is 3.7 times more likely to get into a car accident on a dry day than a wet one. The top 3 accident locations in Ottawa are Hunt Club Road and Riverside Drive, Russell Road and Walkley road and West Hunt Club road and woodroffe ave.
5. Space Heaters Safety
Space heater fires are common and costly.80% of the home heating fire deaths involves space heaters, 32% of home heating fires are caused by space heaters. Infact space heaters are the cause of about 19300 reported US home structure fires, 1020 civilian injuries and 360 civilian deaths. It is a fact that 50% of all home heating fires occur in winters and 33% of American households estimate they have at least six minutes before a house fire becomes life threatening. Over five years, nationwide insurance paid more than $48 million in space heater claims. Infact the average claim was $40000. Some points to remember while using space heaters are to keep it level, remember the three feet rule, keep it a kid-free zone, don’t leave it running, protect with smoke alarms and don’t extend you.
6. Social Media Safety
The top 5 most common mistakes homeowners make are leaving windows open, leaving valuables in plain view of anyone passing by, posting their whereabouts on social networking websites, hiding keys near the front door and leaving parcel deliveries out. The 5 practical steps to secure a home are always making homes look occupied, always lock your doors when you leave, never letting a secret key hidden under your doormat, taking inventory of your valuable possessions, including photos etc and making sure that your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance coverage is sufficient.80% of the burglars reveal that the first attempt at breaking into a property is usually unsuccessful.
7. Child Pedestrian Safety
It is a fact that every year, 67124 child pedestrians are injured. Out of these, about 704 pedestrians end of dying. Pedestrians between the age of 15 and 19 years are the age group which is most likely to be injured. Some factors which affect the pedestrian injuries are gender, location and race. This can be estimated from the fact that boys account for 66% of the pedestrian injuries, living in a dense low income urban residential area results in more injuries and American Indian/Alaskan Native and Black children die at 1.6 times the rate of White children and 2.4 times the rate of Asian/Pacific islander children.
8. Actually Dangerous Places
5488 US workers died from workplace injuries in the year 2007 and 50000 workers die each year from work related diseases. Sharks are not as dangerous as we think as there is only one fatality per year in the US due to shark attacks. It is a fact that travelling by a car or a motorbike is more unsafe as compared to travelling by an airplane, as opposed to popular perception. Infact being a couch potato is more unsafe than being an adrenaline junkie. Some surprising dangerous things in a home are plastic packages, hot tap water, garage doors and lawn mower.
9. Workplace Fatality Data
The top ways in which fatal workplace injuries happen is transportation incidents, assaults and violent acts, contact with objects and equipment and exposure to harmful substances or environments. Occupations with high fatal injury rates are fishers, logging workers, aircraft pilots, farmers, mining machine operators, roofers, driver sales/truck drivers, industrial machinery installation workers and police and sheriff patrol officers. Construction industry sees the maximum number of fatalities and the top 4 causes are falls, electrocutions, struck by object and caught in/between. These are called the fatal fours of deaths on construction sites.
10. OSHA Improvement In Worker Safety
Workplace injuries before OSHA were established in 1970. In 1913, there were 23000 industrial deaths among 38 million US workers. In 1960s, there was an increase by 20% in workplace injuries. In the four decades since the occupational safety and health Act was signed into law, workplace deaths and occupational injuries have dropped by more than 60%. Some of the important OSHA standards contributing to fewer workplace accidents are personal protective equipment and process safety management.