When people are considering a state to build a life in, safety is typically towards the top of the list. Most people focus on the overall safety of the community, thinking about the crime rate, the safety of the various organizations that have set up in the state, and the quality of the infrastructure. Unfortunately, a report released by the National Safety Council placed Texas nowhere near the top when it comes to workplace injuries and the Texas Safety Report.
A Mediocre Rating
The report was released recently and placed Texas as the 26th safest state in the nation. Including the District of Columbia, this places Texas in the middle of 51 possible locations. The report was put together based on a state’s performance in over 60 safety standards. The standards are not weighted equally and instead adjusted based on their priority when it comes to preventing serious injuries and deaths of individuals. While the position Texas finds itself in is far from envious, no state received an “A” when it came to safety. The first-place state was Maryland, coming in at 69 percent. Texas was far worse, possessing only 48 percent of the possible safety indicators that the report measured. Clearly, the Lone Star State has some work to do in the various categories.
What Are The Indicators?
The indicators in the report encompass a variety of safety measures designed to prevent workplace injuries. The various indicators included examples such as state requirements, manufacturing safety standards, licensing measures, and regulatory legislation that is designed to keep workers safe. For example, some industries are more dangerous than others and practices should be put in place to keep workers from getting hurt on the job. While prior reports have often focused on retrospective analysis, such as the numbers of workers that have been injured or killed in various states, this safety report is unique in that it looks forward. By measuring the various regulations that are in place, the hope is that workplace injuries can be prevented.
Safety in Homes and Communities
While Texas was 26th overall in the safety report, it fared reasonably well in the category of home and community safety. Texas received a grade of “C” and came in at 15th in the country. Several policies were listed in the report, such as concussion policies, fire regulations, and water safety policies. The report analyzed the policies of the state when it came to adult fall injuries and children who receive concussions while playing youth sports. The report said that the state was “on track” in this area. On the other hand, the regulations surrounding fires in buildings, drug use, drownings in various bodies of water, and poisoning events need some work. The policy regarding firearms needs some work as well, according to the report.
The Safety of Roads
The state received a “C” grade for its safety on the roads as well; however, this was only good enough for 29th out of 51 states (and D.C.) in this category. The state was marked as “on track” by the report for seat belt use, policies regarding elderly drivers, and regulations against driving while impaired. In contrast, the state could use some improvement in the categories of teen drivers, motorcycle use, and speeding. Distracted driving requires some improvement as well. It is important for everyone to take extra caution while on the roads, particularly with the knowledge the young drivers and elderly drivers are on the road. Seat belts should be worn at all times and speeding is never worth it because it risks the lives of everyone in the vehicle and others on the road. Anyone who is a parent should make sure that they know the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics when it comes to car seat use as well.
Failing at Workplace Safety and Workplace Injuries
When Texas was analyzed in terms of workplace safety and workplace injuries, the state received a failing grade and was placed at 32nd in the country. The state clearly needs some work in workers’ compensation policies, the health of workers, and the well-being of workers. It also needs to improve the prevention of injuries and the enforcement of workplace regulations. Workers’ compensation is important because it provides employees with a way to receive an income even if they are hurt and cannot work. While this could provide assistance to many people, it is always better to prevent an injury from happening in the first place. This is why the policies behind workers and their well-being are so important. A healthy work-life balance can also be the key to a long and fulfilling career.
Outreach Programs are Vital
In order to improve these ratings, the state needs to find a way to educate the public on the importance of these issues. There are a number of promising practices that the state should continue that seek to inform everyone about practices that keep people safe. For example, there are volunteer firefighter organizations that help to install smoke detectors and smoke alarms in houses throughout the state. These efforts are important because they can be used to reduce the deaths and injuries from fires. This is only one example of the many steps that the state has taken to help people stay safe in the region.
Proactive is Better than Reactive
Anyone who has been hurt or injured while out and about in their community should seek medical attention if required. Furthermore, those who have suffered workplace injuries should trust the experienced legal team at GOM Law, located conveniently in McAllen, TX. For more information on how legal courses of action can be beneficial, call today to speak with a friendly and qualified professional.