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Common Causes of Accidents

helmet-158268_640The American writer Mark Twain once said: “It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed once.”

Being careful on at job site will not only keep your life safe, but the lives of co-workers who may attempt to help.

The three most common types of accidents and injuries are trips/slips or falls, electrical incidents and manual handling/lifting. OSHA reports that six million were due to injuries within the workplace. Construction accidents have the second highest injury rates at about 1,550 per 100,000 workers. U.S. Department of Labor statistics report that construction workers have a one in 5,189 chance of being injured or dying by coming in contact with construction machinery. While the odds are relatively low, injury and death do happen on jobsites.

Injuries and deaths can be prevented when:

  • Short cuts are not taken. While we try to work more efficiently and faster, doing so can also risk your personal safety and the safety of your co-workers. Shortcuts that decrease your safety also increase your chance for injury.
  • You are not being overconfident. Confidence is a good mental attitude. Overconfidence, or thinking that something can never happen to you, can lead to ignoring proper procedures, not following correct methods, or using tools incorrectly – all of which can lead to accidents.
  • Instructions are completely understood before starting a task. To do jobs safely and the first time requires having complete information. If you think that you do not understand how something needs to be done, ask for clarification. It’s better to know than to make a mistake that could result in an accident, injury or death.
  • Job sites are kept clean. Leaving debris and hazards on a job site is unsafe and can cause injury to people and damage equipment.
  • Safety procedures are followed. Being casual about safety can lead to being a casualty statistic. Listen to safety briefings, particularly when working on an unfamiliar job site.
  • You are focused on the job. Worrying about personal issues, talking on the phone or thinking about what you’ll be doing after work will distract you from your task. This behavior is dangerous when operating heavy machinery around co-workers, particularly when their lives depend on your complete attention.
  • You understand and follow the work plan. Job hazard analysis is a pre-work method that plans a task so that it’s completed safely and effectively. Being quick to start a task and not thinking through the process puts everyone at risk. It’s important to plan your work, and then work your plan.

Neff Rental employees are reminded weekly on methods to prevent accidents during mandatory branch safety meetings. A banner also hangs in each of our branches reminding employees to wear safety gear and to work safety, as well as displays the number of accident-free days. We take safety seriously at Neff Rental. For information about Neff Rental, visit, or call 888-709-NEFF to find the branch closest to your job site.


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