Safety tip of the week: Know the “deadly dozen” causes of accidents

Jan 8, 2020
Written by wpengine

Workplace accidents have causes. They’re usually not the result of happenstance.

Here’s Labor & Industries’ list of the “deadly dozen” unsafe acts that typically cause workplace mishaps:

  • Unauthorized use or operation of equipment
  • Failure to secure or tie down materials to prevent unexpected movement
  • Working or operating equipment too fast
  • Failure to issue warnings or signals as required
  • Using defective tools or equipment
  • Removing safety guards
  • Improperly using tools or equipment
  • Standing in an unsafe place or assuming an improper posture (as in lifting)
  • Servicing moving equipment
  • Riding equipment not designed for passengers
  • Horseplay
  • Failure to wear proper personal protective equipment

Unsafe conditions only compound unsafe acts. These are:

  • Lack of proper safety guards
  • Lack of proper warning systems
  • Fire and explosion hazards
  • Poor housekeeping or clutter
  • Unexpected movements
  • Protruding objects such as nails, wire or other metals
  • Improper clearance or congestion of aisles or passageways
  • Poor placement, storage or arrangement of materials
  • Hazardous tools, equipment or materials
  • Poor lighting, high noise levels
  • Hazardous atmospheric conditions
  • Improper personal attire

Pick one of these topics to present and discuss it at your next safety meeting.

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WR employs Rick Means as Director of Safety and Education, who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x118 or [email protected]