With rising mechanization and sophistication of the workplace, industrial jobs have become more and more perilous and intricate. As such, industrial accidents have become common happening in the world and some of the worst accidents of all time include the Fukushima disaster and BP’s Gulf oil spill. Thus, industrialization has led to increased dangers to human life in industries through accidents and injuries.
An industrial accident is a sudden and unexpected occurrence in the industry which disrupts the systematic progress of the work. These industrial accidents and disasters usually happen due to negligence and incompetence. So, in order to keep your workplace accident-free, it is important to identify and eliminate the most common causes of industrial disasters and accidents.
1. Human Error and Shortcuts
Taking shortcuts is a common practice in all walks of life as human beings are tempted to get their work done quickly. When industrial employees have been continuously working for long hours, they tend to take shortcuts. This is one of the most common causes of industrial accidents. Employees often ignore safety procedures which lead to injuries. Industrial accidents also occur due to the lack of knowledge or skill on the part of the worker.
2. Construction and machine handling accidents
Construction accidents account for most workplace accidents and deaths each year. In most of these cases, the life of workers could be saved by avoiding the most common causes of workplace fatalities. The common construction fatalities and accidents include, falls, getting struck by an object, electrocutions, and being caught in between equipment and objects.
3. Inappropriate Safety Training
Providing appropriate safety training, like fall-protection and hazard communication is vital to prevent industrial accidents. However, many companies either completely skip safety training programme, or the training plan is simply not effective. Accidents are inevitable, but by dedicating some time and resources for safety training some risks can be minimized.
4. Improper Maintenance
Another major cause of workplace accidents is neglecting regular maintenance which can transform minor problems into fatalities. Industrial accidents are often related to a lack of long-term maintenance as many companies ignore weathered fall protection, respiratory protection or machinery guarding.
Unsafe working conditions, like defective plants, tools, equipment’s, machines, and violations in electrical wiring methods, powered industrial trucks and uncontrolled hazardous energy, are responsible for industrial disasters. Moreover, proper housekeeping is a sign of the company’s attitude towards production, quality, and workers’ safety. It leads to more safety and sets a good standard.
5. Other Causes
Apart from all the technical and human causes, there are some other unavoidable causes as well, such as the climatic conditions and variations. These may include loud noise, extreme temperature, humid conditions, bad working conditions, slippery floors, excessive glare, dust and fume, the wrong attitude of workers, and much more.
Industrial accidents have become common and these were some of the several reasons for such disasters. Though these are the most common causes but are the most ignored, causes as well. However, the actual cause of an industrial accident can be determined by a professional investigator. The life of workers and company’s overall well-being depends on the level of awareness, focus, and the precautionary measures.