This topic covers information about workplace accident causes, prevention, and investigations, including safety programs and methods for correcting safety problems. An "accident" is any unplanned event that results in personal injury or property damage.
The General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to furnish a workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Employers face OSHA enforcement action when employees are exposed to hazards that can lead to accidents causing injury or illness.
For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:
- Job Hazard Analysis for information on determining the hazards involved in a particular job and minimizing the risk of accidents
- Illness and Injuries for information on OSHA recordkeeping requirements for work-related injuries
- Safety Plans for information on written accident prevention plans