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​Observed every year in June, National Safety Month, focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in homes and communities.

"As we enter the spring season, it is a good time to begin planning your safety activities for the remainder of the year," said Heather Ricard, director of Risk Management Services. "Cities should start planning now and prepare to recognize employees for their safety efforts, and highlight the city's commitment towards safety during June."

Topics for 2019, which will be covered in the National Safety Council's materials, are:

  • Hazard recognition;
  • Slips, trips and falls;
  • Fatigue; and
  • Impairment.

Addressing these items can save lives and save cities money. Injuries related to these topics are generally large cost drivers of both general liability and workers' compensation claims. Slips, trips and falls represent approximately 25 percent of general liability claims received by the South Carolina Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund. These claims often occur because of wet, uneven or obstructed surfaces and usually are preventable claims.

Last year, workers' compensation injuries related to slips, trips, falls and strains represented about 33 percent of SC Municipal Insurance Trust claims, and about $4 million in total incurred losses. Again, many of these claims were preventable and were caused by events such as liquid spills, by lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying something inappropriately or by inadequate use of personal protective equipment.

Safety is a continual effort. The RMS staff is here to help with all members' risk management needs, including implementing safety coordinator tips or National Safety Month initiatives.

Register online to receive free materials from the National Safety Council as soon they become available. Cities are not required to be members of the National Safety Council to receive this information.

For more information on the National Safety Month or for a copy of the RMS safety calendar and monthly safety coordinator tips, contact Venyke Harley at 803.933.1210 or at losscontrol@masc.sc.