Could your approach result in a workplace accident?

When it comes to the most common causes of a workplace injury, many people focus on nothing more than the type of accident. From a slip and fall to a vehicle crash, they know that there is always trouble lurking.

However, there's something else to consider: Your personal approach to your job could result in a workplace accident at some point.

Here are some common causes of accidents that you can personally avoid:

  • Taking shortcuts. It's okay to do whatever you can to speed up your work, but you don't want to take shortcuts that could result in an accident and an injury.
  • Overconfidence. You should never assume you know everything or nothing bad will ever happen to you. Just as this happens, you could find yourself in a bad spot.
  • Lack of maintenance. When a tool isn't properly maintained, for example, it can result in a workplace accident.
  • Lack of communication. You need to be in communication with your team in regards to what you're doing, what they're doing and how everyone can remain safe.
  • Mental distractions. With many tasks, you need to be 100 percent focused at all times. A distraction will increase the risk of an accident and an injury.

These are just a few of the many things that could result in a workplace accident at some point. Fortunately, if you change your approach, it can go a long way in keeping you safe.

If you are part of a workplace accident, don't wait to report the incident and receive medical treatment. This can work in your favor if you need to make a workers' compensation claim in the near future.

Source: Safety Partners, Ltd., "7 Most Common Causes of Workplace Accidents," accessed Jan. 04, 2018

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