Carelessness As A Cause Of Accident - CiteHR
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Kesava Pillai
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Have you ever thought that an individual’s "careless" behavior caused that particular accident you came across? If so, how do you justify your thought ? Regards Kesava Pillai
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Dear Kesava Pillai Sir

Thanks for starting a new thread after a long time.

I would like to share one of the accident to which I witnessed and I believe that carelessness of the individual was one of the reasons... Not the alone reason contributing to that accident....

It was an under ground tunnel making project across river to lay the oil pipe lines. To travel from one side of the river to other side of the river there was two options available and usually using by almost all the employees. 1. Through the boat service ,2. Through the railway bridge.

One fine day the victim and few of its colleagues were crossing from one side of the river to other side through this railway bridge... The victim was in the front, almost around 200m ahead than his colleagues... He was talking on phone while walking...

After sometime the train started coming from the back side... It was giving sound horn and even his colleagues was shouting to him to move aside from the railway track... As he no listen or his full concentration was on phone, he failed to move aside and run over by the train.

So why I quote carelessness of the person in this accident is there were around five people, in which he only hit by train. Because he was careless and was using mobile while on the railway track. Many other contributing factors as like why no-one foreseen this risk and stop this practise earlier, there was only one boat - which provokes people to use the alternative option of using bridge when the boat on the other side of the river, etc.

Awaiting to hear from your thoughts.
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Dear Sir,
I don't think that individual's "careless" behavior causes accident . There are other factors that motivate for particular behaviors . Due to that other factors person get relaxed and incident happens . Also Complacency / "Used to " ness reduces respect about hazard.
Kindly guide us by explaining your thoughts with examples if any
Thanks
Abhay
Dear All,

My question is clear:

At any time do you infer cause of any accident as carelessness and if so its justification. It is as simple as that.
Why I asked this question: In some of my training sessions for practicing safety officers on case studies presented they conclude as such.

It is; in fact seems ridiculous for me.

I repeatedly tell them not use the word carelessness and to be a little sharp in their conclusion as to the cause of any accident.

When investigating accidents it is quite easy to conclude by writing cause of accident as carelessness. Does it not clearly show that particular person had failed to do what he was expected to do? Does it not clearly show that if he behaved a little differently the accident could have been avoided?

In my thought this term is definitely not helpful in establishing the real cause of the accident. It doesn’t help correcting the particular accident causing behavior of the person. It doesn’t help to give recommendations for preventing recurrence of such accidents.

To me; when some safety personnel say “carelessness” caused the accident it means that:

The fellow did not:

• follow safe procedures (specify)
• Follow safety regulations(specify)
• Follow instructions(specify)
• Know how to do the job safely
• Pay attention to the job
• Wear proper PPE(specify)
• Use sound judgement
• Use proper tools (specify)
• Use the tool in a safe manner and many more
• Many more…

OR the fellow was:

• Suffering from boredom
• Fatigued
• Suffering from sleeplessness
• Medically unfit
• Suffering from low sensory capabilities
• Stressed and
• Many more….

Here my advice is, if you investigate an accident and ever feel an urge to conclude the cause of accident as “carelessness” think for a moment and find a better term. This is only for those who consider safety as a divine profession.

Regards,
Kesava Pillai
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