National Safety Council Report: Mississippi Gets an “F” on Safety
A recent report released by the National Safety Council (NSC) had some pretty sobering news for residents of Mississippi: The state received an “F” grade on its measures to protect residents from preventable casualties that may result from issues on the road, in the workplace, or at home. Still, CBS News mentioned that no state in the US received an “A” rating, so Mississippians aren’t alone in facing dangers all around them. The NSC head stated that the report is intended to provide lawmakers, civic leaders, and public safety officials with information on how to make their communities safer. With these details, it may be possible to avoid wrongful death and personal injury cases that impact many victims and their families.
Some of the factors that Mississippi could work on, as named in the NSC report, are well-known. Among the top issues are drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding. The state does have laws regarding these activities, but not all drivers comply. Children are especially impacted by road safety issues, as Mississippi ranks as “off track” in properly securing younger passengers in seat belts and approved child car seats.
The state is also behind others in handling testing and licensing for drivers aged 65 and older. One emerging issue is that of fatigued driving, which only New Jersey and Arizona currently penalize.
Home and Community Safety
The NSC report indicates that 70 percent of all preventable deaths in the US occur within the victim’s home or community. Poisonings are at the top of the list, with falls and firearms accidents falling directly behind. The emerging issue in this category is casualties due to choking, but training on CPR and basic first aid may help this trend. Of special concern to parents with children are the statistics on drowning accidents. Forty-six percent of all drownings involving children aged 0-14 years occurred in swimming pools.
Staying Safe on the Job
According to the NSC report, 13 American workers die in the workplace every day; another 12,000 are injured in on-the-job accidents. The top factor is transportation-related incidents, at 41 percent; slip-and-fall accidents, contact with objects, and intentional injuries by another person round out the remaining issues. Prevention, preparedness, and enforcement could help bring these numbers down. It’s estimated that implementation of proper safety programs and initiatives could reduce the number of incidents in the workplace by 15-35 percent, for employers that currently don’t have policies in place.
When Safety Measures Fail, Biloxi Attorneys Can Help
While the NSC encourages states to increase awareness and implement initiatives to increase safety, accidents still happen. When injuries result from these mishaps, victims face an uphill battle with medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. Mississippi law provides remedies for injured victims and their families, through wrongful death or personal injury claims. The experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice can help you recover compensation if someone else’s negligence leads to injuries. Please contact our law offices in Biloxi, MS for more information or to set up a case evaluation.