What are Safety Hazards?

These are hazards that create unsafe working conditions. For example, safety hazards include:

• Trailing power cords, loose or frayed carpets and rugs, spills, ice, etc. These could all cause a slip, trip or fall in the workplace, and result in physical and mental impacts on an injured employee.

• Unguarded machinery. Unguarded moving machinery parts pose a safety hazard as employees can sustain serious injury and fatalities if they were to accidentally come into contact with them. For example, clothes, lanyards, hair or body parts could become entangled in unguarded machinery and can result in bruising, broken bones, loss of limbs, head injuries and death.

• Frayed and faulty cords, wiring or cables. These could pose a risk of electric shock, burns and fires. Exposure to live electricity can also result in a fall from height. For example, if an employee sustained an electric shock while using a ladder.

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