Itasca, IL – The United States House of Representatives has voted unanimously to support a resolution (H. Res. 1225) that designates June 2008 as National Safety Month. National Safety Month is an annual public awareness event of the National Safety Council and a “call to action” for employers and other organizations to help reverse a dramatic national increase in accidental injuries and deaths.
The 2008 theme of National Safety Month is “Make a Difference.”
Stating the case for National Safety Month, U.S. Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), who introduced the resolution, pointed to a current, significant increase in the number of unintentional injuries and deaths in the U.S. following what had been years of decline.
“By providing a public service campaign around the theme ‘Make A Difference,’ NSC promotes public awareness by highlighting the most significant causes for unintentional injuries and deaths in the workplace, on the road, and in the home and community,” Rep. Davis said.
Noting that accidental injuries cost Americans more than $650 billion annually and that 16 workers die every day on the job in the workplace, Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) added: “Far too many lives are lost and too many suffer because of preventable accidents. Protecting the citizens of this nation from these accidents requires the cooperation of federal, state and local institutions, as well as help from the citizenry. This June we must encourage all Americans to take time to learn how they can help make this country safer.”
Also speaking for the resolution, Congressman Randy Kuhl (R-NY) urged support of NSC programs that reflect the Council’s mission to make the world safer.
“It is the only organization promoting safety in the workplace, transportation arena, and in homes and communities,” he said.
The resolution passed with a House vote of 379 to 0.
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads, through leadership, research, education and advocacy.