Safety Loss

These examples of safety incidents show how loss can be caused. It is unfortunate that these losses occur as they can easily be avoided if personnel pay attention, maintain their focus and work together to prevent the loss occurring


Slips and trips – almost a third of accidents that happen in the workplace are a consequence of slips and trips. Slip and trip injuries happen mainly because of wet floors, objects obstructing the walkway such as cables or uneven floors. The injuries from these incidents can range from minor abrasions to fatalities and are all preventable.

Lifting – Lifting incidents are a major cause of workplace injuries and are more likely to occur amongst those employees who have to undertake manual handling including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying large items on a regular basis. An injury can happen if they do not do the correct technique in line with kinetics methodology.

Falls – Includes falling from ladders or other raised platforms such as scaffolding. Fall injuries can range from minor sprains or strains to major head or back injuries and fatalities.

Workplace traffic accidents – Occur in a workplace that uses motorized vehicles e.g. warehouse, car parks, airport etc. Reverse parking is essential as many Injuries are caused by vehicles reversing out of parking areas.

Burns – People who work in kitchens, and in the electrical, metal working and chemical industries are most likely to suffer burn injuries which can range from minor burns to fatalities. 

Cuts – One of the most common injury in the workplace from paper burns to knife wounds that have resulted serious injury and fatalities.

Back and neck injuries – More common when lifting objects but is prevalent in office working though sitting in the same position with a bad posture for long periods of time. 

Driving Incidents – Occur to those who have to drive as part of their job e.g. taxi driver, courier, fast food delivery, sales rep etc. and those travelling long distances for vacation and family visits. The general cause of driving incidents is lack of attention by the driver.

Heavy equipment – Plant and heavy equipment such as in the construction industry can cause serious injuries and fatalities if the drivers lose focus or pedestrians, light vehicles and large mobile equipment are not separated when the vehicles are in motion.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) – Caused by overuse of the hands or arms to do a repetitive task for a long period of time e.g. typing, driving, writing, factory work, construction, etc.

Vision problems – Those at risk are people who work with computers on a daily basis

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – An anxiety disorder that can arise after a person has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Can put the sufferer and their colleagues at risk if nor recognized and treated.