We at Crown Services, Inc. take safety very seriously at our offices and for all our field associates. In honor of Labor Day holiday this weekend, we decided to blog about the importance of safety and provide a few reminders.
Did you know the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City? The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During 1887 four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1884, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.
The Meriam Webster dictionary defines safety as the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss. We encourage everyone to do their part to be safe in the workforce.
Safety Reminder Tips
- Keep your work area clean and orderly. All employees must do their part.
- Lift Safely. When preparing to lift, stand with your feet apart for good balance with shoulders and hips aligned. Bend at your knees and not your waist. Use your legs to lift.
- Know the emergency plan in case of a fire, tornado or injury. Where do you go? Who do you notify? What is the process? Do you know where first aid kits are located? Do you know where fire extinguishers are found?
- Know where fire exits and aisles are located and be sure to keep them clear and free of storage.
- Clean up all spills, leaks and wet areas immediately. Someone could easily slip and fall. Put up wet sign.
- Use extension cords cautiously. Over 4,000 injuries a year occur at workplaces in which a worker has tripped over an extension cord. Be sure to tape them down or put proper mats over them. Also, be sure to not overload an electrical outlet. This could cause a fire.
- Good shoes are essential for all jobs. Be sure they are slip resistant.
- Do not text or e-mail on your phone while working or walking. You are distracted and can run into things or make mistakes.
- Never climb on shelving units or chairs. Be sure to use an appropriate ladder.
- Be sure to buckle up when driving to work, from work or during work hours.
Enjoy an extra day off to celebrate a safe and happy Labor Day!