Definition - What does Accident mean?

An accident is an unplanned, unforeseen and unexpected event that has a negative impact on all activities of the individual(s) concerned. An accident can result in death, injury, health hazard, loss of property, damage to environment or a combination thereof. Accidents can lead to loss of life and properties, increase in treatment and compensation costs, loss of production, time and morale, and a negative impact on good of the organization, society, family or any other persons concerned.

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Safeopedia explains Accident

Accidents are mishaps that can happen on the road, at home, in the workplace and may happen at any time, especially when the concerned are less attentive to the details. Accidents are often not deliberately caused and are inevitable.

Human factors like unsafe acts, mindlessness, negligence, lack of knowledge and training cause accidents. Among other reasons, there are working conditions such as faulty machines or designs, substandard processes, occupational hazards, fires, etc..

Examples of accidents are collisions, falls, machine injuries, small arms fires, air-sea-road-rail accidents, etc.. There are legal obligations for organizations to comply with the local laws, standard practices, safety observations to prevent and avoid accidents.

Accidents can be prevented or impact may be minimized by strong commitment of the management by setting up safety programs, safety cultures, responsibility and accountability.

This definition was written in the context of Health, Safety and Environment
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