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Old 12-20-2016, 11:55 AM   #1
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One man is dead and another is in the hospital as the result of a construction accident downtown. The two men were working from the bucket of a forklift about 75 ft. above the ground when the bucket tipped over and the men fell out, according to the San Antonio Fire Department. http://www.kens5.com/news/local/one-...town/373778601
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Old 12-20-2016, 12:03 PM   #2
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Complacency.

Being in a hurry.

And sometimes chit just happens

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This story touched close to my heart. Many years ago my 1st husband was in the bucket of a crane. He had argued with the foreman about the safety of what they were doing but was essentially given an ultimatum to continue on, or go home. Normally, when it was 20 degrees below zero, they shut down. They did not that day. They had been working massive hours that week to meet a deadline for a bonus. The outrigger of the crane snapped, permanently disabling him, changing his life forever. The OSHA fine was far less than the bonus the construction company received for completing the project on time...

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1. Stupidity.

2. Trying to get something done quick or without the right tooling.

3. Complacency, being to familiar with an aspect of a job and not paying attention because you've done it a million times.

4. Chit happens.
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Hurried work

using the wrong or damaged tools

trying to get by without the proper equipment

stupidity

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I would say lack of common sense and dull tools.

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The term "accident" really is too inclusive for construction as it implies that the event was unexpected. The majority of severe work site injuries are not accidents but ill timed results of an impending results over looked. If one pulls off a stunt that should be avoided they are just lucky and time will catch up. In my younger days I did stupid things that could have ended very badly.

You are in a bucket on a forklift, you slip and fall your harness breaks and you fall: accident.
You are in a bucket on a forklift, you slip and fall to the ground: stupidity.

An eye injury while chipping concrete or grinding metal without safety glasses is not an accident.


What causes accidents:

1. Working too fast/stressed out

2. Working with the wrong tool

What causes 'incidents'

1. Stupidity

2. Working with dull, damaged or the wrong tools

3. Avoiding using proper PPE

4. Using the wrong piece of equipment.
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Inexperience.
Overconfidence.
Carelessness.
Inability to foresee outcomes even with "experience". (Stupidity)
Health issues (drugs, alcohol, lack of sleep, etc.)
Tight schedule/deadlines with improper tools or equipment on hand.
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Another vote for chit happens.


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When accidents are investigated after the fact, it is usually linked to a chain of events which led to the cause.

That said, situational awareness, good equipment and cognizant memory go a long way at preventing work site injuries/accidents.
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How about crappy education? Or lax supervision?
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I often wonder... Is every accident avoidable?
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Like the others have said.

Being in a rush.

Too many things going on at once.

Not keeping the work area clean and free of debris and obstacles.

Outside distractions (calls, texts, sick or hurt loved ones...)

It's rare that an accident or someone getting hurt was unforeseeable and not preventable.
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Ignorance and laziness
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This week the primary cause was christmas ornaments.
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Primary cause of accidents in the work place.

Going to work.

Staying at work.

Coming home from work.

If you don't go in, you can't get hurt at work.
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