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Preventing Workplace Accidents

Session Format:

One 4–Hour Session


An accident can be defined as any unplanned event that results in personal injury or in property damage. The cause of most workplace accidents is failure of people, equipment, supplies, or surroundings to behave or react as expected. It is important to keep in mind that workplace accidents do not happen without cause, therefore identifying, isolating, and controlling these causes is the key to accident prevention.


Attendees of this training will learn the fundamentals of successful accident prevention including: (1) site surveys, (2) work practice overview, (3) the importance of training, and (4) what to learn from accidents that may occur. Participants will take away from the training: (5) a general awareness of how to look for unsafe work locations and practices, (6) how to implement corrective activities, and (7) how to properly train employees.

Content Outline

  • Introduction to accident prevention
  • Prevention activities
  • Causes of accidents
  • Unsafe acts
  • Control of accident causes
  • Elimination of unsafe conditions
  • Control of work habits

Who Should Attend

This seminar is intended for new or experienced industrial supervisors, trainees, or mid to upper level management responsible for workplace safety.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14