Research shows that approximately 80% of accidents are directly related to the person involved in the incident rather than an unsafe work environment. In fact, research shows unsafe work behavior causes four times as many accident than unsafe work conditions.
After an accident, people tend to look for someone or something to blame rather than identifying the root cause. Below are a few of the unsafe workplace behaviors that can lead to accidents.
- Taking Shortcuts: It’s only natural to look for ways to do our jobs faster and more efficiently. But do these time savers come at the expense of your own safety, or that of other workers? Shortcuts that reduce your job safety are not shortcuts at all, but an increased risk of injury.
- Being Over Confident: Confidence is usually never a bad thing, but too much confidence in one’s work ability can lead to improper procedures, tool mishandling, etc., which could lead to an accident.
- Poor Housekeeping: When clients, managers or safety professionals walk through your workplace, cleanliness is usually an accurate indicator of everyone’s attitude about quality and production safety. Poor housekeeping creates hazards of all types. A well maintained area sets a standard for others to follow. Good housekeeping involves both pride and safety.
- Ignoring Safety Procedures: Purposely ignoring known safety procedures can endanger not only you buy your co-workers, too.
- Failure To Plan: Hurriedly starting a task, or not thoroughly thinking through the process, can put you in harm’s way.