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What are some common reasons for workplace accidents?

There are a number of reasons why people get hurt on the job. Sometimes, people take shortcuts and skip over safety protocols to get a job done. Taking shortcuts leads to accidents that could be life-threatening or deadly.

Other times, people don't keep up on cleanliness in the workplace. Items aren't put away correctly, safety equipment isn't available and the general maintenance of the building isn't maintained. Although it can be a hassle to follow all the steps for putting away machinery or cleaning up a facility, it's worth it to avoid the injuries not doing so could cause.

Overconfidence can be a problem in workplaces with long-term employees or even new employees fresh out of a training program. Those who think they know what to do without following instructions or listening to others put themselves and others in danger. It's never good to think that accidents can't happen to you. They can, and they can be serious. Always take the time to review the proper procedures for cleaning machinery, running it or working with it, so you don't make mistakes that could have been avoided.

Some workplace injuries are a result of defects. For example, if a new piece of machinery has loose screws, it could come apart and cause injuries. It's important to file a claim against any manufacturer that has produced a defective product, so any employees injured can receive the correct compensation.

There are many reasons for workplace accidents, and these are just a few. With some safety steps in place and good training, workplaces can be safe.

Source: Safety Partners, LTD, "7 Most Common Causes of Workplace Accidents," accessed Feb. 16, 2017

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