At times employee accidents occurs in offices, on construction sites and even with equipment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states employers are responsible to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards that would cause harm to employees and could result in accidents, injury or death. OSHA expects employers to fulfill their responsibility to provide communication and instruction for their employee’s and put control factors in place to eliminate unsafe conditions.
More than often hazardous conditions come to our attention only after someone is hurt or seriously injured. Why so. Sometimes we can become immune in seeing unsafe act or unsafe conditions that we may gamble on that no one will get hurt even you.
This mindset has to change because If you see an unsafe act or unsafe condition, don't ignore it the odds are someone is going to get hurt or their may be property damage.
According to Safety Bloke.com, “The Heinrich Loss Control Triangle explains this and is used by many safety and insurance companies today. Herbert William Heinrich was not an Insurance salesman but he worked at the Traveler Insurance Company as an Assistant Superintendent of the Engineering and Inspection Division. He retired in 1956. Heinrich received his data regarding workplace injuries from insurance claims and from workplaces. His analysis of the data proposed that every 300 near misses that could have contributed to incidents or accidents, there were 29 minor injuries and 1 major injury”*. The definition of a near miss according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia says, it is, “an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage – but had the potential to do so”. (Example: A roofing tile falls off a roof miss hitting someone below).
What can be done to reduce or eliminate accidents? The following suggestions can help:
• Reduce the amount of near misses as the Heinrich Loss Control Triangle identified.
• Document all near misses and correct accordingly.
• Be proactive. Train employees to make frequent and regular inspections identifying hazards.
• Hazards that have been identified take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them designated by the employers.
• If you notice someone working in an unsafe manner, let that person know immediately. Remember in safety, the life you save could be your co-worker’s or maybe your own.
Don’t wait until an accident happen to be safe. By being proactive and correct any hazardous conditions will provide a safe working environment for all.
* The Safety Bloke.com
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia