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Health and safety 101: Seven common company accidents you need to take steps to prevent

by , 06 January 2014
An accident can happen to anyone. While this is may be the case, you can prevent the vast majority of company accidents by being more safety conscious and better anticipating incidents and accidents. Make sure you're aware of these seven types of accidents so you can take steps to prevent them.

While it's important to know the correct procedure to follow when reporting incidents, your workplace will benefit more if you prevent the incidents from occurring in the first place.

To do this, you need to know what qualifies as an unsafe act, or condition and how to prevent these before accidents can take place.

Here are seven common company accidents you need to be aware of

#1: Fall: Employees may fall from elevated positions, such as ladders, scaffolds and ramps. They may also trip over articles left in walkways or around machinery.

#2: Slip: Employees may slip on spilled oil or other slippery surfaces.

#3: Strike against: Employees may strike against equipment or material that's incorrectly stored or stacked.

#4: Struck by: Employees may be struck by moving, falling or flying objects.

#5: Caught in or between: Employees may be caught in 'nip points' of moving machinery, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

The Advisor explains that this may happen if they wear loose clothing, or where guards and devices don't provide sufficient protection. They may also be caught between moving parts if they take up an unsafe position.

#6: Explosions: Explosions may happen if you don't store certain chemical substances correctly stored or where containers leak.

They may also be caused by employees who don't follow safe work procedures or disobey prohibitory signs such as 'no smoking' or 'no open flames''.

#7: Burns: Employees may burn themselves if you don't use flammable substances properly or if inadequate precautions are taken when 'hot work' is performed.

Luckily, it's not all doom and gloom.

Here are two ways to minimise or prevent accidents in your workplace

  1. Make sure employees understand the importance of acting in a safe and healthy manner, by offering training and awareness programmes.
  2. Supervisors are responsible for enforcing health and safety rules and ensuring that employees follow laid down safe work procedures. They must also receive training to understand the hazards and have the necessary authority to take precautionary measures. So make sure your supervisors are well-trained and well-informed.


Remember, prevention is better than cure. Now that you know the seven common types of company accidents, take steps to prevent them before they happen.

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