Accident and its impacts
Hello there,this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) with another insightful topic. We will be considering accidents and who it impacts. An accident is an unwanted , unplanned event that can result in human injury, damage of assets, damage of reputation of a company.
According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), construction is one of the most hazardous industries. If an accident occurs, the mindset of some is that, as bad that it is that someone got hurt, it doesn’t affect them. What they don’t consider is that accidents don’t just affect people who are directly hurt. Indirectly, accidents affect everyone involved, in one way or the other. Picture this scenario.
An accident occurs on a work site. At the onset the injury seems worse than it is. Immediately, for a few moments, work on the job site stops to allow the injured to be attended to. This affects the schedule and causes delay. So at this point the entire job is being affected.
Meanwhile, reports of the accident gets to the public, and the company’s office is flooded with calls inquiring about the accident. Those calls tie up company phone lines, interrupting everyone’s work, delaying progress, and delaying the company’s ability to correct the problem that caused the accident.
Following the accident some or all of the following will happen to the injured person; pain, discomfort, disability, loss of income, loss of the ability to continue in his craft, total disability or even death.
Let’s consider family, it could be a wife and children. Do any of the above possibilities affect them? What about a parent or brother or sister? Friends even enter into the equations.
Now, let’s consider the foreman on the job. He is responsible for making sure a certain amount of work is completed by his crew. Anything that injures or delays one of his men, or interrupts the workflow, reflects unfavorably on his ability to control and direct the work for which he is responsible. Will an accident affect him?
What about the loss suffered by the company? Each accident that occurs on a job reflects their ability to attract skilled workers needed to fulfill a project. The reputation of the company is hurt by its failure to prevent accidents.
Lastly, let’s not forget the client, in the form of a delayed contract, additional insurance costs and their ability to get their product to the market.
All of the above is why the construction industry takes safety programs seriously. Safety programs are in place not only for you as an individual, but for everyone involved.
So till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) signing off. For your health, Safety and environmental solutions, HSE trainings and seminars, HSE documentation, Safety Guide Solutions is here for you. Reach us on 2347081101064 and firstname.lastname@example.org