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National Safety Council rates states on safety -- No 'A's given

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently released a report titled The State of Safety. It looks at each state and assesses how well that state protects its citizens from risk. Unfortunately, there were no states that earned an "A" in this report.

That was the bad news. The good news is that seven states including Maryland got a "B" for overall safety. The other states did not fare so well. Eleven states received an "F" for overall safety.

The report tallied up fatalities from motor vehicle crashes, drug overdoses, poisonings, drownings, falls, fires and choking. Since 2014, there has been an increase of 7 percent in the number of deaths -- 146,571 each year.

Preventable injuries are very costly to Americans, too -- over $850 billion each year. The chief executive officer and president of the NSC said, "The cultural Novocaine has to wear off. Safety is no accident."

The report also looked at the following when assigning a state a grade:

-- Home and community safety: firearms, older adult falls, drownings, home fires, youth sport concussions and poisonings.

-- Road safety: distracted driving, seat belts, alcohol impaired driving, older drivers, child passenger safety, helmets for bicycles and motorcycles, teen drivers and child passenger safety.

-- Workplace safety: maximum workers' compensation benefits, the implementation and enforcement of safety and health prevention programs, worker well-being and health, which includes drug-free workplace and wellness laws.

-- State laws, regulations and policies that deal with issues such as preventable injuries and death.

For road safety, the highest scoring state was Illinois. For home and community safety, the highest scoring state was Maryland. For workplace safety, the highest scoring state was Illinois.

States have a lot of work to do when it comes to protecting their citizens. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you have a right to file a workers' compensation claim. If that claim is denied, you should consider the advice of an attorney so you can learn more about your options.

Source: Insurance Journal, "How States Rate in Preventing Home, Auto, Work Accidents," June 28, 2017

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