What causes human negligence

Causes of accidents: The human factor

1 Human behavior as the cause of accidents
2 Disordered conditions
3 ignorance
4 hectic rush
5 The power of habit
6 Be distracted
7 The wrong shoe
8 Further information

1Human behavior as the cause of accidents

Human behavior often plays a decisive role in accidents at work.

2 Disordered relationships

Carelessness and disorder are common causes of accidents at work.

Typical are:

  • cables in the way
  • objects lying around on the floor,
  • open drawers
  • Crates, buckets, etc. parked in traffic routes
  • tools stored in a mess


What to do?
  • The best solution is to keep things tidy.
  • Any soiling must be removed immediately.
  • Immediately remove objects or debris on the floor or
  • notify the supervisor in the customer's company.

The exception
There is also the situation that an obstacle cannot be removed or cannot be removed immediately. In this case, suitable barriers, barriers and warning signs help to avoid accidents.

3 ignorance

An accident could have been avoided had it not been for ignorance.

  • "Why should I get rid of the dirt that others have made?"
  • "There is a loose tile there. Hopefully the caretaker will soon notice."
  • "The socket is hanging from the wall. Somebody should fix it."

By the way: everyone in the company is jointly responsible for everyone's safety.

4 Hustle and bustle

Hurrying and hectic also increase the risk of accidents. If you are in a hurry, you can forget rules of conduct and precautionary measures, such as paying attention to where you are walking when you are walking.

It can be particularly dangerous on stairs if you hurry up two steps at once.

Go slow if you are in a hurry. Don't be rushed or rush yourself.

5 force of habit

Do you know that too? Certain movements have crept in and are no longer considered.

But actually they are dangerous:

  • run down the stairs
  • jump the last flight of stairs
  • jump out of the cab of the truck
  • get on a chair instead of fetching the ladder

6 To be distracted

"Hello, it's me. How are you? I'm at work and just on my way to the adjoining building. Just wanted me ... Ouch. Shit!"

"Hello, are you still there. What happened?"

Typical distractions when walking are:

  • make calls or type on the mobile phone
  • leaf through and read documents
  • rummage in the bag, etc.

When walking you need undivided attention. So that you can really see where your feet are going.

7 The wrong shoe

Cause of the accident: unsuitable footwear.
This is what it says time and again in the accident reports to the employers' liability insurance association.

Important is:
Anyone who is on their feet a lot at work needs shoes that support and protect the foot. Different shoes are suitable depending on the work area.

The following applies to all work shoes:

  • You need to
  • - a firm hold on the foot,
    - a non-slip, flexible sole and
    - low heels

    to have.

  • The freedom of movement of the foot must not be restricted.
  • The toes in particular need enough space to roll off.

Anyone who stands and walks on floors that can be wet or slippery should wear shoes with non-slip soles.

Care should be taken to have shoes foot-friendly are.

Safety shoes

If foot injuries at work are to be expected, the company must provide safety shoes that are tailored to the hazard. And the employees have to wear them too.

8additional Information

Tripping - sliding - falling
Traffic routes in the company
The quick climb
Ladders and steps