Workplace accidents or occupational accidents that occur during the course of work that can lead to injuries or fatalities which may be minimized with the use of wearable safety devices. The statistics on workplace accidents in the United States alone are mind-boggling. According to the United States Department of Labour � Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in 2014, a reported 4821 workers lost their lives at work in the United States. That translates to an average of 92 deaths a week or 13 deaths every day. This is in addition to over 1.5 million compensation claims filed at one insurance company between 2010 and 2014 for injuries sustained at work.
The Most Common Workplace Accidents
1. Colliding with an Object or Being Struck by it: This happens when someone collides unintentionally with a heavy or sharp object or is struck by it in the course of normal work.
2. Falls from Slippery Surfaces or Trips: Slippery surfaces at the workplace may arise from mopped floors or spillages of liquids on the floor. Injuries to the head can be sustained in these circumstances and wearable safety beacons can get help across quickly
3. Lifting, Filing or Lowering Material: Lifting or lowering heavy material can cause injuries in massive scales. Filing up bottles or cans with harmful substances may cause injuries to the skin and eyes.
4. Accidents Involving Tools: Improper use of tools and machines can lead to serious injuries and sometimes fatal ones.
5. Fire: Fire accidents are common in workplaces too and response times are usually critical in those situations. Wearable safety devices can make a difference during fire outbreaks.
Avoiding Workplace Accidents and Fatalities
1. Keep Work Spaces Clean and Free of Hazards: Work spaces should be kept as clean and tidy as possible. If there are spillages of water or other liquids, they should be wiped dry without delay
2. Proper Signage and Warnings: Clear and straightforward warnings should be provided around the work environment and on machines to guide people and help them avoid accidents
3. Adequate Training on use of Equipment and Safety: Comprehensive training should be provided for employees handling heavy equipment and on the use of machines to avoid improper use which may cause accidents
4. Report Accidents: Reporting dangers and accidents will help companies respond proactively to them to prevent them. Speedy reportage of fire outbreaks can reduce losses and fatalities. Bluetooth wearable safety devices can help with real time notification of accidents or dangers.