Relaxing May Be Hazardous to Your Health!

There is an old saying,  “No one on their deathbed ever says they wish they had spent more time at the office.”   However, a couple of recent posts by the National Safety Council might have you rethinking that.    For all of our concern about workplace safety, a lot of scary stuff happens when you are away from work.

First let’s look at firing up the BBQ.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, July is the most popular month for outdoor grilling.  NFPA says “Charcoal grills were involved in an annual average of 1,400 home fires from 2007-2011. Gas grills are an even higher risk, being involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires.”    This post from NSC has some good tips for safe grilling.  Here is a pretty good video on safety tips from State Farm:

Or maybe you spend your off-time working on handyman projects.    We already know that lumbering or carpentry can be hazardous, but a new study  shows that nearly 65% of woodworking accidents are recreational.    It also indicates that less than 1/3 or hobbyists wear the right PPE when they work.     The study looks at both on the job and off the job woodworking incidents.    One interesting note is that the study indicates that 90% of workers who were injured were using new equipment when the accident happened.  Read more here.

So maybe the next time you tell  employees to stay late at work you can say it is to keep them from getting hurt.   Hmmmmmmmmm.

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