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Causes of Industrial Accidents.wmv

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Published on Apr 25, 2012

Approximately 120 million industrial accidents occur in the work place world wide each year. Approximately 210,000 of these accidents result in fatality. The industries which have the highest rate of accidents are the mining, construction, transportation, and agricultural industries. Construction accidents account for fifteen percent of all accidents and thirty percent of all fatalities in industrial work environments.

Causes of industrial accidents can be broken down into two broad categories: unsafe conditions and unsafe acts. The causes of industrial accidents that pertain to unsafe conditions can include insufficient workspace lighting, excessive noise, slippery or unsafe flooring, extreme temperature exposure, inadequate protection when working with machinery or hazardous materials, unstable structures, electrical problems, machine malfunction or failure, and more. The causes of industrial accidents that involve unsafe acts can include actions or failures to act which result in injury. This can be a result of employee negligence but employers, organizations, and product manufacturers can also be liable for the causes of industrial accidents.

The causes of industrial accidents can occur in the environment around the workplace or within the work environment. External causes of industrial accidents may include fires, chemical spills, toxic gas emission or radiation. The causes of industrial accidents in these cases might include organizational errors, human factors, abnormal operational conditions, natural forces, software or component failures, and outside interference. Internal causes of industrial accidents can involve equipment or other work related tangibles, harmful materials, toxic chemicals, and human error.

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