The New Jersey State Safety Council knows the ways to keep people alive. It works to eliminate dangerous road conditions, promotes pedestrian and occupant crash protection, assists business and
industry in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, protects the family from hazards in and around the home, trains both professionals and volunteers in all aspects of safety, from prevention and program
administration to improved techniques in firefighting, law enforcement and defensive driving.
But we need the means to apply this knowledge, to expand our services, and most importantly, to mitigate the suffering and loss that inevitably results from accidents. That is why we ask the financial
support of our state's business and industrial community. We make this request of you only once every three years. Your contribution to our Triennial Fund will help us meet our goal of $850,000 needed to sustain
our work in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
As an executive, I am sure that you are aware of burdens accidents place on your company. There are the obvious costs incurred by compensation, insurance and litigation. Accidents in the workplace
also attack the job security of everyone because they reduce productivity and a company's ability to remain competitive. Off-the-job accidents, whether to employees or their families contribute to the soaring
medical costs that may soon go beyond a company's ability to pay unless remedial action is quickly taken.
The Council believes that accidents are not just random occurrences, but the results of poor planning and human error. In our view, "accidents" are preventable - and our programs and
services are dedicated to that belief.
Monies you contribute to the Council are well spent. Every dollar is earmarked for projects that strike at the root causes of accidents wherever they occur. Each project is the result of thorough
research and careful planning. Our staff of knowledgeable professionals, expanding data resources, and thousands of dedicated volunteers combine to help us work in the present as well as plan for a safer and
Yes, we can keep people alive - but only with your help.
The Record for Keeping People Alive
Sudden injury and death is usually the farthest thing from a person mind at the time of the trauma. "Accidents" strike at all classes of people, in
all age brackets, during all hours every day of the year. The New Jersey State Safety Council believes that accidents are not just random occurrences, but result from "root" causes. We believe that
"accidents" are preventable and our programs and services are dedicated to that belief.
The cost to New Jersey in 1999 was 1,953 men, women and children dead and nearly one out of four citizens
suffered some form of injury. The cost was in excess of $9 billion dollars. But if our rate had been as high as the national average almost 1,000 more people would have died and the economic burden would have been
an additional $5 billion dollars.
Most of the state's deaths occurred on the highways and in the homes. To New Jersey business community it is a matter of pride, that in this state a citizen is safest
when on the job. Of all unintentional trauma deaths less than three percent were work related.
By intelligent, unremitting and long continued work, New Jersey has become one of the safest states in which to
live, work and play. We believe that this achievement is the result of constant awareness of the problem. We believe that much of the credit belongs to the Safety Council, which for eight (8) decades has been in the
forefront of efforts to reduce the losses of both lives and property from unintentional trauma.
But a great deal of the credit has to go to the businesses and organizations that have and continue to
contribute to the Council and our programs. Thanks to our subscribers, some people perhaps a great many people in New Jersey, who might have been killed or disabled, are alive and healthy today.