9 Common Causes of Workplace Accidents
Workplace accidents are a detriment to worker morale, productivity and the public image of companies. Many workers perform specialized work and when they’re not available to work due to injuries, project plans can be negatively impacted. There are many ways to avoid workplace incidents, ranging from proactive training to having rescue teams on site.
To prevent accidents, we must first understand what situations cause accidents. Here are some of the leading causes of workplace accidents and injuries.
1. Falls on Same Level
This is one of the most common types of workplace injuries and it involves things like falling while walking or standing on slippery or wet surfaces.
2. Falls to Lower Level
This includes falling from an elevated height, such as ladders, roofs, ledges and stairways. If you are working at heights, ensure you have fall arrest protection.
Extension cords, misplaced equipment often cause trips or stubbed toes or shins. Dark passageways and stairways can also cause trips since employees can’t see the way. Trips can result in injury to many body parts if the employee hits other objects or falls after tripping.
Overexertion is a result of excess pulling, lifting, pushing or carrying that is beyond the employee’s capacity or when the activity is not performed properly. A common example is using your back to lift instead of using your legs. Overexertion is a top workplace injury according to surveys and statistics.
5. Hazardous Materials
Protective clothing, eyewear and gloves should be required for employees who work with or around hazardous chemicals or materials. Not using protective gear or misusing protective gear can cause a range of injuries from cuts, burns, blindness and more.
6. Repetitive Motion
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common for workers who perform repetitive activities that use their fingers, hands, arms or legs. To minimize the risk of repetitive strain injury, employees should take frequent breaks and stretch often.
Workers who are physically or mentally exhausted, which can be due to anything from lack of sleep, overly long shifts, or prolonged periods of exertion, are more susceptible to causing and being in accidents. Fatigue results in impaired judgment, slower reaction times and less attention to details.
8. Lack of Training on Safety Procedures
New workers should receive thorough training and practice on safety practices. Management should also proactively provide refresher training to current workers. Addressing questions and issues on a timely manner protects all workers and reduces the risk of major incidents that could put a company’s reputation at risk.
9. Toppling Objects
If equipment and supplies are not securely stored, these could fall and injure workers underneath or nearby. Injuries by falling objects are more severe than stationary objects due to the force that’s accumulated as the object falls.
Proactively protecting yourself in the workplace or training workers on safety is a factor to preventing injuries. For more information on keeping workers safe on oil, gas and mining sites, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.