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What are the most common causes of workplace accidents?

Workplace accidents affect everyone. Whether they are minor or severe, they lead to lost work time, wages and can decrease employee morale. Fortunately, most Louisiana workplace accidents occur due to preventable actions. This means you have the opportunity to make your workplace safer and prevent many accidents simply by knowing and understanding the things you should and should not be doing when on the job.

Safety Partners LTD states that many workplace accidents are due to a lack of paying attention or following rules and procedures. One common cause of accidents is a failure to do proper housekeeping. This could be sweeping the floor or putting things away. If you are leaving a messy workspace, accidents are sure to follow. Another common issue is taking shortcuts. There are specific procedures in place for doing work tasks because they are the safest and best procedures. When you fail to follow them and try to take shortcuts, you expose yourself and others to risks.

Not following safety rules is another big cause of accidents. You may think some safety rules are silly, but there is a specific reason for each and every one of them. You should always obey safety procedures. You should also ensure you have complete training. Starting a task or job duty before you have been fully trained on how to do it creates a risk that can lead to accidents.

Personal responsibility is also important in accident prevention. If you get over confidient about your abilities, you may end up missing important cues something is wrong or do something incorrectly. You should always focus on what you are doing and avoid distractions, too. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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