Preventing Unintentional Injury
By Rick Colliver: Part 2 of 5
As we discussed last week, the protective mission can be broken into five critical elements. But to simplify, we might even break these elements down into the broader categories of “intentional” and “unintentional” acts.
As a protection specialist, we have a responsibility for safeguarding our protectee not only from intentional acts of violence, but inadvertent ones as well. In the United States, we live an average of about 78 years , with heart disease, cancer and stroke being the most significant contributors to our demise. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) tells us that more than half of the people over age 45 will die from one of these diseases.
On the other end of the spectrum, accidents are still the leading cause of death for persons age 1 to 45. And, not surprisingly, of all accidental death, motor vehicle accidents remain the number one cause. When we consider the statistics of traffic crashes alone, we recognize the importance of proper route selection and defensive driving skills in the everyday planning of protective movements, because protection personnel are, statistically, not significantly safer than the general population.
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