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Staying safe in the workplace

June is National Safety Month; 30 days in which we should all make an extra effort to reduce the causes of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. The National Safety Council and organizations across New York are trying to raise awareness of safety as well as we drive, and as we go about our business in our communities and homes.

The Safety Council asks everyone to take a pledge to be safe at work. With workplace fatalities on the rise for the first time in six years, the NSC asks employees and employers to take the pledge to reduce on-the-job injuries.

The pledge includes vows by workers to never take risks that compromise your safety or your co-workers' safety. It also includes a promise to actively look for workplace hazards, report them to a supervisor or employer and also take appropriate steps to warn others of the dangers. The last part of the pledge involves a vow to be a good role model for your co-workers, family and friends, even when you are away from your job.

The NSC website also has an interesting feature that gives you a "safety snapshot" for yourself, your loved ones and your workplace. You begin by entering your gender, age, state you reside in, occupation and ages of your children. The site takes your data and outputs some useful information about your circumstances.

For instance, for a male age 35-44 who works in the construction industry, the leading causes of job-related injuries are contact with objects (36 percent), falls (29 percent) and overexertion (27 percent). For a healthcare worker, the leading causes of on-the-job injuries: overexertion (42 percent), falls (27 percent) and workplace violence (12 percent).

When a worker is injured on the job and is then denied workers' compensation, a Newburgh workers' comp attorney can help you appeal the decision and fight for your benefits.

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