In an informal online poll conducted in March/April 2012, Safety+Health readers weighed in on the inevitability question when it comes to workplace injuries.
Comments from respondents answering “Yes”
If there is a process in place to eliminate the injury.
The employees need to learn and feel free to ask lots of questions before doing an unsafe act
Ideal world, yes. Reality, no. Each injury was preventable, but there will always be situations where the barriers are down, and the preventable injury happens.
question of the amount of risk you want to assume
Injuries usually occur when people do not pay attention to their surroundings. When people know what to look for and are aware, injuries can be avoided.
With proper continuing training and coashing and by either eliminating hazards and/or controlling them
Yes because if you have a pre-existing illness you should already know your limitations. Also, with proper training in work procedures and weekly safety meetings there should be no room for error. What a company put into it's safety program will directly r
In an ultimate sense yes. In a practical way, no
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When you get to the root cause of an incident, that cause could always have been prevented. Normally it was due to a short cut, someone in a hurry, an employee not properly trained, etc.
I have never investigated an ijury or near miss that some sort of corrective action was not discussed/implemented. If there is a corrective action then in theory the incident could have been avoided.
All injuries are results of a faliure to recognize a hazard and take the appropriate actions to avoid injury.
There is always safety precautions.
all injuries are preventable
Because people need to pay attentin to what they are doing.
Injuries are preventable with body conditioning and proper planning. The injured person may not have been able to prevent the injury, but that doesn't mean it wasn't preventable.
Yes, but unlikely. Depends on the extent of prevention efforts.
"The fact that injuries occur does not mean that injuries must occur." With The Probability Theory telling us that injuries will occur, does not remove the possibility of having no injuries. Emmitt J. Nelson, Zero Injury Institute
Yes, to err is human and thus we have an imperfect world. However, with the rare and remote acts of God, somewhere along the line someone failed in completing a procedure or making a correct procedure. This is also true for equipment failure, bad equipment designs, material degradation, weather (failing to pay attention to weather warnings), etc.
We have the knowledge to protect employees from all but catastrophic events. The problem often lies in the fact that the knowledge is only good if acted upon by "all" of us. A shortcoming by you could cause injury to me etc.
Injury events stem from decisions and failures. Where a wrong decisions is made relative to actions or failure to act correctly in a given circumstance, injury is a potential result. This is true regardless of how many people are involved.
All injuries are preventable. During the investigation there is always a underlining factor concerning he injury, ranging from procedure or policies, training issue, guarding, PPE, personnel issues, machinery, and outside factors the list goes on and on.
Starts at management, work force & safety leadership that belives in its "core" that's possible. A safety-educated & craft skilled workforce that takes safety personally & not fearful of addressing near-misses or providing corrective measures/feedback.
if one wears a seat belt it can prevent accidents. driving drunk is a leading cause of accidents also. never heard of unbelting dead person.
Proper training leads to avoidance of hazards
focus on removing unsafe conditions plus focus on safe behaviors would be only way to make all preventable, but I believe it is possible
Everyone has the ability to be aware, trained and prepared for the situation at hand. When one takes his mind off the task at hand thats when the injuries occur.
Everyone makes choices. We can instruct and teach everyone to make the right choices or coach those that need to.
It's about being alert to your surroundings, foresight in planning your activities, Preparation of your staff through education and involvement, and finally, looking out for your fellow man (or woman).
Because injuries are the result of human errors. With the proper knowledge, attention, and focus, hazards can be identified and addressed before an injury occurs.
All incidents point to either a piece of equipment not working (which could have been prevented by PM's, better workmanship, etc.) or a person's health condition or poor posture, etc.
At our facility we provide our employees a safe place to work free of hazards, we train employees how to do their job safely, what PPE to use and how to use it. Employees make bad decisions - all accidents are preventable
Because, if we all took the time to do things correctly, put things where they should go and be an advocate for safety at all times, 24/7,365 days a year, yes all injuries would be preventable.
They are caused by an unsafe condition or act. Eliminate the condition or act and the injury shouldnt occur.
They can be prevented by Engineering controls, a good preventative maintenance program and a good behavior-based safety culture. The injuries due to behaviors routinely exceeds those created by engineering controls and lack of a PM program, but those comp
Comments from respondents answering “No”
Most, but not all. And one must consider the cause of injuring someone else. Bad actions on the part of one get another who is doing all the right things. Those actions could prevent, but were unavoidable for the other.
It would be ideal if all injuries were preventable, but unfortunately the type of machinery/equipment used, employee job skills, and efficiency directly influence work practices that affect productivity that will always result in some form of error.
Nature, human nature.
Probably 99% are and there is always the circumstance that might be "act of God."
You can not remove the human factor. I have been working on a "Zero Defects" plan since 1967 and haven't made it yet.
Because we are human and things happen no matter how hard we try, how well the safety plan is put together, and no matter how great the safety culture is.
The human mind is imperfect nor can we protect for EVERY unexpected event. We can however, strive for it.
some times canot predict some situations
There are a very small percent of accidents/injuries that are not predictable and foreseen.
not only are there unseen things, but there is no way to know other peoples actions
Natural events like earthquakes, tornados, etc. are not preventable so neither are any ensuing injuries. Then there is human nature, there is no way to prevent stupidity.
Papercuts, walking in a hole in a field of tall weeds and spraining an ankle,insect bites/stings, the auto collision because of daydreaming. .
Because there are forces in this world beyond our control. I can't prevent a drunk driver from hitting me. I can minimize the risk or the defree of the injury through training and attentiveness, but I can not prevent.
Of course not! Lots of injuriee are simply due to people's ineptitude or wrong descisions. You can't make enough rules to prevent all people from eventually making a mistake that results in an injury.
Some happen that are completely out of the injured person's control, like driving down the road and getting hit by another car for example.
Not every aspect of life can be controlled; some accidents are just going to happen.
90 % can be
people are imperfect. therefore, there will always be injuries and accidents.
Some injuries can occur as a part of nature. Example: when the wind blows a dust particale can enter a workers eye and scratch their eye....resulting in the need for precription meds and triggering it as an OSHA recordable.
There is such a thing as a 'perfect storm', perhaps where the planets are properly aligned, when is seems impossible to prevent an incident
Equipment malfunctions, items break etc. While preventive maintenance is done and various things are checked materials simply wear out and some with little or no warning.
Acts of God, acts of terrorism, random acts of vioence all may not be preventable, however, the vast majority of injuries are not caused by these type things. They are usually due to bad decisions.
Injuries that occur due to natural causes like an earthquake or sudden thunder/lightning storm moving into the area could be hard to minimize. I do feel that all accidental injuries are preventable.
Only if youi want to live in a bubble
Human nature...we cannot control distractions/wandering minds.
Sometimes it's an act of nature that causes and injury or illness, such as a bee sting. Or it might be preventable, but the preventability is on someone outside of your company (vehicle accident that was not your company's fault.)
Certain "Acts of God" you can't plan nor prepare for.
The Human Factor.
While in theory, one would would believe that all injuries are preventable, that is not the case. What are people supposed to do? Live in giant bubbles for their entire lives so that we're always protected from the smallest situation? It's not freasible!
Even if all behaviors of employees are safe and management has eliminated or engineered all unsafe conditions, and act of God could still cause an injury.
Most are, but there is always the unforseen accident...thus the word accident
I think it is unrealistic to say all injuries are preventable. Reality would suggest that risk and severity can be managed to lessen liklyhood of injury, but the margin of probablity will always remain constant.
Being human, there is always a potential for injury in our everyday activities. We are simply not perfect.
being in the wrong place or falling object
Some things just happen