Causes of Accidents
According to Worker‘s Compensation Act, 1923, ―An occurrence mishap or untoward event which is not expected or designed for and arising out of and in the course of employment of an industrial worker.‖
According to Factories Act, 1948, ―A Personal Injury to an employee which has been caused by an accident or an occupational disease and which arises out of or in the course of employment and which could entitle such employee to compensation under Workers Compensation Act, 1923.‖
7 Most Common Causes of Workplace Accidents
Humans are notoriously lazy, so taking shortcuts is a rather common practice in all walks of life, not necessarily work alone. However, when workers take shortcuts at work, especially when they are working around dangerous machinery or lethal chemicals, they are only exposing themselves to a potential catastrophe. Simply put, shortcuts that are taken on the job are not actually shortcuts. They are simply increasing your risk of injury, or worse, death.
Confidence is always a great thing to have, but there is also such a thing as too much confidence. When workers walk into work everyday with the attitude that, ―It will never happen to me‖, they are setting an attitude that leads to incorrect procedures, methods, and tools while working. Be confident, but remember that you are not invincible.
Poor, or Lack Of Housekeeping
Whenever someone walks through your workplace, they can get a pretty good idea of your attitude towards workplace safety by just looking at how well you‘ve kept up your area. Housekeeping is one of the most accurate indicators of the company‘s attitude towards production, quality, and worker safety. A poorly kept up area leads to hazards and threats everywhere. Not only does good housekeeping lead to heightened safety, but it also sets a good standard for everyone else in the workplace to follow.
Starting a Task Before Getting All Necessary Information
The quickest way to get a job done is to do it right the first time. To do it right the first time, you need to make sure that you have any and all pertinent information relating to the task you will be performing. Workers who begin a job with just half the information, or half the instructions, are essentially doing the job while blind.
Remember this; it‘s not stupid to ask questions, it is stupid not to.
Neglecting Safety Procedures
This is probably the worst thing that any employee at any level in the organization can do. Deliberately neglecting set safety procedures in the workplace doesn‘t just endanger yourself, but it endangers the workers around you as well as the company as a whole.
Casually following safety procedures doesn‘t work either. You are paid to follow workplace safety procedures, not your own.
Everyone has a life outside of the workplace, and sometimes life can take dips and turns that affect your emotions and your mood negatively. However, as harsh as it sounds, workers cannot let mental distractions from their personal lives affect their performance at work. Not only will they become less aware of their surroundings and less safe, but they will also become less productive, costing the company time and money.
Types of Industrial Accidents
Industrial accidents can occur in many different industries. From mining to construction, each industry has its unique challenges and hazards.
Even with strict state and federal regulations, workplace safety can often depend on individual employers and how seriously they take safety in the workplace.
Construction sites are one of the most dangerous places to work. Despite strict regulations, workers are often seriously injured.
Chemical Plant Accidents
Industrial plants often house combustible chemicals that are either the byproducts of manufacturing, or the basis for creating new chemicals. Regardless, exposure to chemicals is a real and everyday danger that plant workers face. Click here to read more about plant accidents.
Industrial Plant Accidents
Industrial plants such as fertilizer plants have been in the news of late for huge explosions that have resulted in numerous fatalities. Safeguarding every aspect of these plants is an expensive proposition, and oftentimes employers cut corners at the expense of employee safety.
Mines are notoriously dangerous places to work. Not only are miners more to collapses and the injuries that can result, but they are also subjected to dust, chemicals, and other hazardous materials.