Causes of Industrial Accidents
Industrial jobs often involve high levels of risk. Heavy machinery, electrical wires, and the sheer size as well as other factors can create a dangerous environment for industrial workers. Industrial accidents disrupt progress of work, they comprise the quality of work, and most importantly they can injure workers. Even with proper training and safety procedures accidents can still occur. The most common types of industrial accidents are listed below:
1. Worker errors
Employees are not perfect nor should they strive to be, they make mistakes. Employee habits and behavior are some of the factors that set the tone for level of productivity in the workplace. Improper use of machinery, lack of focus, inattention to detail, and inadequate training are a few factors that can be the cause of industrial accidents.
2. Risky Behavior
Sometimes workers engage in risky behavior. Negligence of employees in any workplace can be extremely dangerous. However, danger is magnified by tenfold when employees are negligent in an industrial environment. Examples of risky behavior are taking shortcuts around procedures in order to shave off time. Overestimating your abilities or skills is another type of risky behavior. This type of behavior can cloud your judgment, clouded judgment leads to miscalculations and errors. In an industrial environment with heavy and fast-paced machinery small errors can lead to big problems.
3. Faulty Machinery
In some situations the responsibility of industry accidents does not fall upon employees, but rather faulty machinery. Industrial machinery is very complex and sophisticated. This type of equipment requires constant maintenance. A loose screw or frayed wire can the direct cause of a malfunction. There are emergency functions and procedures that are set in place to prevent fires or over heating, or other malfunctions. However, sometimes these functions and procedures fail.
4. Unsafe Procedures
Procedures are set in place to not only protect employees, but also create an environment of productivity. When a worker is knowledgable about the procedures and process of their particular job it is easy for them to successfully complete them. Similarly, when an employee is well versed on safety procedures they are better equipped to handle emergency situations. Failing to train or prepare workers can be the cause of serious industrial accidents. Employers should make it a priority to set in place adequate procedures and protocol. These policies should be handwritten. Employees should also be required to review and sign these documents. Details and instruction should be given to employees before they complete any tasks in the workplace.
Industrial accidents can cause serious injury. The size, weight, and complexity of the machinery used in industrial work environments can leave behind serious damage. Injuries sustained can range from broken bones to traumatic head injury.
If you have been the victim of an industrial work injury, feel free to contact us at Colley and Colley.