accidents at work

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Are unforeseen events that occur at a place of work and cause death or injury to workers. Accidents can be classified by their causes, including slips, trips and falls at the same height, falling from height, being struck by a moving vehicle, being struck by a falling object, or incurring an injury through manual handling of objects. The UK's Health and Safety Executive also classifies accidents in terms of their severity and collects statistics for fatal injuries, major injuries, which need an extended period of recovery, and 3-day injuries that require a minimum of three days off work. These different types of accident tend to have different causes; for example, the major cause of fatalities is falling from a height, whilst the major cause of minor accidents is poor manual handling. As well as being a cause of death and injury to workers, accidents at work are a major cause of working days lost and impose significant costs on business.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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