The analysis of the causes of personal injuries at workplaces is one of the most essential missions of any company that ensures such economic indicators as labor productivity, overall product quality, production performance and many more.
The process of prevention of occupational injuries, which is another crucial production task, is inextricably linked with the constant improvement of the accounting and analysis systems that deal with causes of accidents in the workplaces.
The universal goal of personal injuries at workplaces analysis is to develop specific mechanisms, approaches and procedures to eliminate and eradicate the repetition of the undesired accidents. The analysis gives the insights on connection of accidents with particular production stages, with impaired organization manufacturing processes and training workers in safe and working practices. The analysis of accidents at work is preceded by investigation and registration, since the quality of the investigation defines the correctness of causes determination, reliability of the analysis and the effectiveness of preventive measures that may be taken. Naturally, the causes arise from the circumstances of the accident, while preventive measures, in turn, should be closely linked with the reasons.
The main difficulty in the analysis of occupational injuries is the unambiguous definition of the main causes of accidents, the analysis of which should include the following steps:
- to identify all the causes of an accident that resulted in injury;
- to establish the relationship of the reasons that led directly to the accident;
- definition of the main causes of the accident (preferably technical), which caused injury to the victim.
The analysis of accidents and illnesses that have occurred in the UK in recent years allows to form the list of the main reasons for accidents and injuries in the workplace, so they are:
- the human factor
- machinery factor
- technology of work
- environmental conditions
- other factors
Facing the new era
Industrial activity has constantly increasing a negative impact on the quality of the environment, contributing to the emergence of adverse environmental factors shaping up to 25-30% of human pathology.
A continuous improvement of technical equipment in various industries is accompanied by an increase of energy level of anthropogenic factors of modern living environment. The data on the extent of exposure to hazardous and harmful factors on human and environmental dynamics, unfortunately, demonstrates a steady increase in personal injuries amount as well as severity of diseases, the number of accidents and catastrophes and factors causing them.
The economic factor
The accessibility of accidental claims (as well as whiplash claims and dozens of other compensatory damages) is an integral part of any social-oriented state. In this regard even an innovative Solicitors Guru platform can be recollected – these guys gather hundreds of legal services providers under one roof and grant hassle-free online access to legal services. Moreover, the compensation policy the government currently sticks to backs the production efficiency. It’s not a secret that the countries with high percentage of satisfied citizens demonstrates impressive production performance in an overwhelming majority of cases (primarily, the high-developed countries are meant).
At the same time, the state aims at reducing the number of fake compensation claims by introducing changes at legal level, e.g. adjusting ‘no win – no fee’ system.