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Toolbox Talks – Unsafe Act and Unsafe Condition

Unsafe Act and Unsafe Condition

Accidents are caused either by an unsafe act or an unsafe condition or a combination of both. Accidents are rarely caused by a dramatic failure of equipment and are mainly caused due to human failure. Even an apparent failure of equipment may be due to common factor in failing to recognize signs of impending trouble. Analysis of accidents have shown that over 95% of accidents are caused by such human factors as failing to take proper precautions, ignoring safety regulations or carrying out jobs incorrectly.

Substandard Act or Unsafe Act:

It’s a human error or person mistake by which there is a chance of accident or property loss.

Substandard Condition or Unsafe Condition:

It is the condition by which there has a chance of getting accidents and property losses.

Examples of Unsafe Condition

  • Oxygen Deficiency
  • Presence of toxic gases
  • Presence of flammable gases
  • Poor Housekeeping
  • Presence of poisonous materials Slippery or damaged working floor
  • Unguarded Machinery
  • Improperly guarded machinery
  • Loose electrical connections
  • Unearthed electrical Appliances
  • Poor Housekeeping
  • Improper stacking of materials
  • Defective measuring instruments
  • damaged Tools
  • Defective materials
  • Inadequate illumination

Examples of Unsafe Act

  • Using Improper methods
  • Using improper tools / equipment
  • Failing to use proper PPE’s
  • Operating without authority
  • Over confidence
  • Impulsiveness
  • Laziness
  • Showing off
  • Horseplay Ill health
  • Supervisory failure i.e: poor training, lack of discipline, poor housekeeping.
  • Unsafe behavior
  • Unsafe attitude
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Unsafe personal dress and accessories

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