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SEVEN COMMON ACCIDENT CAUSES
Consider this statistic: 80 out of every 100 accidents are the fault of the
person involved in the incident. Unsafe Acts cause four times as
many accidents & injuries as unsafe conditions.
Accidents occur for many reasons. In most industries people tend to look for
"things" to blame when an accident happens, because it's easier than
looking for "root causes," such as those listed below. Consider the
underlying accident causes described. Have you been guilty of any of these
attitudes or behaviors? If so, you may have not been injured-but next time you
may not be so lucky.
"It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed once."
- Taking Shortcuts: Every day we make decisions we hope will make the job
faster and more efficient. But do time savers ever risk your own safety, or that
of other crew members? Short cuts that reduce your safety on the job are not
shortcuts, but an increased chance for injury.
- Being Over Confident: Confidence is a good thing. Overconfidence is too
much of a good thing. "It'll never happen to me" is an attitude
that can lead to improper procedures, tools, or methods in your work. Any of
these can lead to an injury.
- Starting a Task with Incomplete Instructions: To do the job safely and right
the first time you need complete information. Have you ever seen a worker sent
to do a job, having been given only a part of the job's instructions? Don't be
shy about asking for explanations about work procedures and safety precautions.
It isn't dumb to ask questions; it's dumb not to.
- Poor Housekeeping: When clients, managers or safety professionals walk
through your work site, housekeeping is an accurate indicator of everyone's
attitude about quality, production and safety. Poor housekeeping creates hazards
of all types. A well maintained area sets a standard for others to follow. Good
housekeeping involves both pride and safety.
- Ignoring Safety Procedures: Purposely failing to observe safety procedures
can endanger you and your co-workers. You are being paid to follow the company
safety policies-not to make your own rules. Being "casual" about
safety can lead to a casualty!
- Mental Distractions from Work: Having a bad day at home and worrying about
it at work is a hazardous combination. Dropping your 'mental' guard can pull
your focus away from safe work procedures. You can also be distracted when
you're busy working and a friend comes by to talk while you are trying to work.
Don't become a statistic because you took your eyes off the machine "just
for a minute."
- Failure to Pre-Plan the Work: There is a lot of talk today about Job Hazard
Analysis. JHA's are an effective way to figure out the smartest ways to work
safely and effectively. Being hasty in starting a task, or not thinking through
the process can put you in harms way. Instead, Plan Your Work and then Work
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