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One of the proverbs which I recall learning at school was “accidents will happen”.  An accident can be defined as “An unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury”. Hopefully today we are smarter in the workplace where we don’t accept this or use it as an excuse for our own mistakes. Workplaces can be made safer if:

  • All employees have undergone a compulsory safety induction
  • New employees are “buddied up” with an experienced employee
  • Risk assessments have been carried out on equipment and processes
  • Employees are trained and competent in the operation of equipment
  • JSA’s or SWMS’s are discussed prior to commencing potentially dangerous work
  • There are regular safety briefings where company incidents and industry issues are discussed
  • All work place “near misses”, “Incidents”, “injuries” and “illnesses” are reported
  • There is an active Health and Safety committee
  • Safety forms part of all purchasing contracts
  • Employees have ready access to mobile apps to record and photograph safety issues
  • All the above is recorded in the company EHS system, and
  • Senior management demonstrate their commitment to safety

Implementation of a company-wide safety culture incorporating the above points will minimise the chance of an unexpected or unintentional safety incident.

 

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