Hazardous Situations - National Safety Council

Recognizing Hazardous Situations

To make an impact on decreasing workplace death, we need to look at the top situations where workers are dying, determine the causal factors leading to serious injuries and fatalities, and figure out solutions to address those specific root causes.

The best way to protect workers is to eliminate, substitute or engineer out potential hazards. Adopting new safety technologies can help do just that. Explore the top 18 hazardous situations below as well as their relevant technology solutions.

Top Hazardous Situations by Percentage
of Non-roadway Workplace Fatalities

Work at Height

Workplace Violence

Repair and Maintenance

Construction, Installation

Logging Equipment


Electrical Work

Emergency Response


Process Safety Operations


Loading and Unloading

Confined Space Entry


Heavy Equipment


Machinery Operation

Hot Work

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