It gives an understanding of what initiated an unsafe act to occur In the

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factors in producing an accident. It gives an understanding of what initiated an unsafe act to occur. In the Domino Theory, Henrich wrote that accidents are not random acts, the Energy Release Theory compares how energy relates to the severity of injuries, Multiple Causation establishes that management plays an essential role in prevention, and the Human Factor Theory states that human error is the lead cause of an accident (RiskWise, n.d.). All of the theories give safety professionals an insight and understanding that an accident just does not happen. It’s not just one single factor but multiple underlying factors that allow an accident to occur. The key is recognizing the early signs to prevent the accident. This is where management and employees all factor into accident causation. Management is required by OSHA to ensure the safety of the company and all of its employees. They are required not only to implement OSHA standards but to look beyond the obvious to prevent accidents from occurring in the workplace. By educating and training all employees, regular inspections of the worksite and workstations, providing the proper PPE and following up on any reported hazards, they can ensure that an accident will be prevented. Employees, on the other hand, are required to observe the safety policies and procedures. The employees have to take an active role in following the safety standards set forth and be proactive in ensuring that their fellow employees are doing the same. Improvising the standards set by management and poor adherence to the safety standards set forth are the main causes of accidents in the workplace. Accidents are controllable once you understand the root cause. No law or standard can control the human element, but once we as a workforce educate ourselves in preventive measures, then we have solved half the accident causation issue. RiskWise. (n.d.) Theories of Accident Causation. Retrieved from - content/uploads/2017/10/Theories-of-Accident-Causation.pdf
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