Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council on the launch of new "Safety First" blog

Feb 29, 2016, 17:30 ET from National Safety Council

ITASCA, Ill., Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Every 4 minutes, someone in the United States dies from an injury that is completely preventable. We now lose more people each year as a result of preventable injuries than from strokes. Every day modern science and medicine are finding ways to extend our lives, but today we must commit to ending "accidents" that are completely preventable.

"Safety affects everyone, everywhere, and the National Safety Council wants to drive forward fresh discussions that will raise the level of collective safety consciousness. That is why we are launching our 'Safety First' blog – to help Americans understand the true threats to their safety and what they can do to keep themselves and those they love safer.

"After decades involved in safety investigations, oversight and policy, my experiences inform my passion and purpose and will be featured in posts. The blog will explore the leading causes of preventable death in America including prescription painkiller overdoses, car crashes and falls.  We will also invite some of today's most decorated safety champions and subject matter experts, both here at the Council and around the country, to contribute their voices and share their wisdom.

"You can subscribe to the blog at, and you can follow me on Twitter @DebbieHersman. Join us in the discussion and our journey to eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime."

*The above should be attributed to Deborah A.P. Hersman*

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council,, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. 

About Deborah A.P. Hersman
Deborah A.P. Hersman is president and CEO of the National Safety Council. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Hersman served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board from 2009 - 2014. She was first appointed as an NTSB board member by President Bush and reappointed to two additional five-year terms by President Obama. Ms. Hersman responded on-scene to more than 25 major transportation crashes, chaired scores of NTSB hearings, forums and events and regularly testified before Congress.

Prior to her tenure at NTSB, Ms. Hersman served as senior advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and as staff director and senior legislative aide to West Virginia Congressman Bob Wise from 1992-1999. Her efforts contributed to the passage of milestone bills such as the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act, Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century, the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, and the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002.

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