An industrial accident is any accident that happens to a person in the course of their work that results in an injury. While your mind might automatically wander to construction workers, miners, or factory workers, the reality is that industrial accidents can happen to anyone in any profession. In fact, more than 337 million accidents happen on the job each year.
What Causes Industrial Accidents?
Because the types of industrial accidents vary so widely, it is hard to say exactly what causes them. It is important to note, however, that 80 out of every 100 accidents that happen in the workplace are ultimately caused by improper precautionary measures, including:
Taking shortcuts. Everyone wants to work faster. Unfortunately, when workers take shortcuts on the job – especially when lethal chemicals or machinery is involved – they are putting themselves and fellow employees at risk of an accident.
Poor management of space. According to Safety Partners LTD, “A poorly kept up [work] area leads to hazards and threats everywhere. Not only does good housekeeping lead to heightened safety, it also sets a good standard for everyone else in the workplace to follow.”
Neglecting safety procedures. Agencies like OSHA and NIOSH have specific safety guidelines that employers must follow. Failing to comply with OSHA or NIOSH standards will not only result in serious penalties, but can also result in serious injury or death.
When someone falls victim to an industrial accident, how is the scene restored and made safe for other employees, vendors, and clients?
This is a question that few employers think of until they are face to face with the effects of an accident. Simply sending in a janitorial staff is not always advisable in these situations because viruses like hepatitis B and C, HIV, and MRSA can be transmitted through blood and other body fluids that are left behind at the scene of the accident. Aftermath views blood cleanup as a highly technical job that requires the expertise of trained professionals. To ensure the safety of our technicians and others, we adhere to all EPA, OSHA, state, and local regulations, and comply with all insurance and training requirements. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, so please call us anytime for more information.