Workplace accidents are accidents sustained at work in the course of disposing our duties at work.
Workplace accidents has over the years become a very popular word; though in a negative context.
It is popular because of the negative impact it has on the victim and the organization.
Examples of workplace accidents
- Contact with flying particles
- Hit by a moving equipment
- Exposure to Hazardous materials
- Workplace violence
- Trips and falls
My interest in this article is on “The Victim”, i.e, the employees. He suffers the hurt, he feels the pain, his family suffers, he could have permanent disability, he could even be death.
Now who do you think should worry more about workplace accidents; Is it the Employer or the Employee?
In a country where employers are not held responsible, in a country where employers practice Health and Safety of convenience, in a country where workers are at the mercies of their employers, in a country where employers exploit cheap labour, in a country where employees work in fear and are made to do things that are not convenient just to avoid being sacked, in a country where HSE professionals in an organization can only work to the level where their employers sanction, in a country where HSE professionals voices are not heard; WHO SHOULD BE MORE WORRIED?
It is a believed that over 90% of workplace accidents are preventable and that accidents are mainly cause either by unsafe act or unsafe condition.
It is believed that workplace accidents are caused by 80% unsafe act and 20% unsafe condition.
It is also believed that safety is 70% compliance and 30% common sense.
WHO SHOULD BE MORE WORRIED ABOUT WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS?
In my take, it should be the employees, they are the ones directly exposed, they are the ones working on the line fire, they are the ones feeling the heat.
Even when the employers are non-responsive to their duty of CARE, employees still have a life-line for survival.
Here some things you can do:
- Work with your initiative (Apply common sense)
- Get trained externally if your employer is fails to. You will learn how to work safe and also stay safe
- Improvise where necessary. Its better than 100% exposure.
Some common sense procedures you could apply include:
- Treat safety as an important part of your job
- Maintain 100% concentration always as much as possible
- Do not ignore a safety hazard no matter how minute
- Know and follow the company safety rules if there is any
- Do not become overconfident with jobs you have done many times
- Use personal protective equipment appropriately when provided
- Know what to do in case of an emergency
- Ask questions when you do not understand
- Do not fool around or show off on the job
- Do not let anger; frustration or personal problems interfere with your work
- Don’t get pressured by others into ignoring safety procedures
- Avoid shortcuts
Workplace accidents are preventable and employees have a very important role to play. Though your employers may ignore safety, employees do not have to use that as an excuse to ignore safety. Employees are the ones exposed, they are the ones working on the line of fire, not the employer.
Do your best to protect your self. Remember; people are looking on to you, do not get your self killed.
REMEMBER: It is better to lose a job than to lose a life, don’t get covered in a box.