Identifying work place accidents ( a visual lesson )

 1 ) SabotageThe most Powerful 'person' in any workplace is the health and safety officer or representative. Any individual employee has the opportunity to become that 'Person'. An active interest in H&S and an ability to recognise and help prevent WP accidents is all that is required. If any potential dangers are noted the employer must action the concerns immediately, address the concern and if necessary change company procedures. Failure on their part to do so would be an act of negligence for which there are serious fines that could be imposed if an accident occurred after a danger had been reported to them. A common fault in many industries usually seen as an oversight is lack of provision in providing suitable tools or equipment for a duty at hand while another is failure to provide adequate training to an employee carrying out a particular task for which they not educated or suitable for any other reason to carryout safely. The focus for a H&S rep must always be firstly on the accident itself how, why, when as opposed to any outcome for an employee that may have caused an accident or failed to prevent one. Any employee disciplinary outcome that may result from H&S matters would be the job of the employee support person but that's a whole new lesson that can be entered into later, they are probably the second most important 'person' in the work place. While most accidents and near misses result from carelessness or unforeseen events it's important to be aware that a small proportion arise as a result of sabotage which is then of a most serious concern for all due to the unpredictable nature of the perpetrator and the possibly of repeated behaviour. Perhaps we should look first at some examples of this before moving on to more common causes of accidents. ( see above )      

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Comment by cheeki kea on November 27, 2021 at 11:50am

Workers were both foolhardy and brave in the old days that's for sure. Yet while our grandfathers past were chopping down tree monsters by hand under the worst hazards and conditions ever imagined the thing they feared most was having worn out boots rather than being crushed and pulverised by fallings trees. They knew slipping on a banana skin or uneven ground could be a lot more deadly compared to anything else they might encounter. I tell young people history tells us that even the most bravest man in the world could come to this very country slip on a fruit peel and die and did. (that was Bobby Leach, sadly) and shows that even the tiniest slip can be a danger mightier than the greatest fall. ~ So everybody be safe out there. -  I'm glad you are ok now lionhearted it must have been terrible for you at the time.Tree monsters.     

Comment by Less Prone on November 22, 2021 at 10:08am

Health and Safety 1920's

Comment by rlionhearted_3 on November 22, 2021 at 10:01am

Walking across the shop floor one day, I stepped on an oil drip the size of a 50 cent coin. My heel slipped and down I went. Destroyed right knee. 3 surgeries and an ACL replacement. 15 years later a total knee joint replacement. Gotta be the worst pain I’ve ever felt. All good now. I never missed a paycheck. The boss had me fill out 50 time cards!

Comment by cheeki kea on November 22, 2021 at 9:21am

The most common work place mishaps result from slips or trips. The underlying cause is often wet or icy areas, highly polished floors or paving, uneven surfaces, obstructions, and occasionally unsuitable footwear. Wearing jandals, stilettos, or shoes with long laces dangling  to work can be accidents just waiting to happen.   

Comment by cheeki kea on October 26, 2021 at 7:46pm

Skylarking and stupidity at the work place is another cause of preventable accidents or damage in many settings and usually if not always caused by boredom. Unlike sabotage, accidents or injury resulting from stupidity are not premeditated or intended to happen and often occur in long periods of 'downtime'. It's not a good look for the employer if it's noted they failed to provide supervision or failed to provide meaningful employment. Too much downtime impacts on productivity and allows room for misbehaviour as staff "fill in time".


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