Five Types of Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Accidents don't come with a warning sign! And they can cost you thousands in lost production time and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) claims. That's why you need to prevent them from happening. Read on to discover the five common types of accidents in the workplace and how to prevent them.

You have a legal duty to ensure your employees are safe in your workplace.

An effective way to fulfil this duty is to identify your company's risks and take steps to prevent them from happening.

Here are the five examples of accidents you must lookout for.

Do you know the five common accidents in the workplace and how to prevent them?

#1: Working at unsafe speeds

Rushing to finish a task or working too slowly. If you don't consider the age and physical ability of your employees, your instructions or lack of consideration could be considered negligence.

If you tell your employee to work faster, you could be putting him in dangers. He could skip the safety measures in an attempt to finish the job faster. So don't rush a job.

For example, Mike operates a forklift. He's been instructed to work faster to load the truck with product so it can leave by 2pm. To obey this instruction, he drives the forklift faster and this results in an accident. He damages the forklift, the product it's carrying and injures himself in the process.

#2: Working without authority

You must tell your employees about their scope of authority and train them to perform their tasks in a safe and healthy manner.

This means you must have job descriptions that outline your employee's duties and responsibilities as well as their level of authority.

'Don't allow employees to do work they're not trained for, or authorised to do,' warns the Health&Safety Advisor.

#3: Unsafe storing or stacking

Many injuries happen when items are left lying around in walkways or around work benches where people can trip and fall over them.

Don't allow your employees to store too many items in a cupboard because these items may fall out when the door is opened and cause an injury.

So train your employees on proper housekeeping and storage.

#4: Taking chances

Employees become complacent. Eventually, they start to take short cuts or chances.

Keep reminding them about the dangers through safety talks and refresher training.

Remember, you employees must follow health and safety rules and procedures as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

#5: Unsafe position or posture

Repetitive or dangerous bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, standing on chairs and working on a wobbly ladder are unsafe positions and posture.

Train your employees on ergonomics to help them practice safe methods of physical work.

Remember, prevention's always better than cure.

So do a proper risk assessment and identify the hazards and risks in your workplace. Take the necessary steps after identifying them to protect and prevent any harm to your employees and your business.

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