Why is it that accidents tend to occur towards the end of any project,
from building a home to clearing a roof of dead leaves? Intuition would
seem to suggest that an accident is more likely to take place at the beginning
of a project—the situation and environment is new and possibly unfamiliar—but
the research implies otherwise.
Hundreds of thousands of people are admitted to emergency rooms every year
after falling from a ladder, Consumer Reports notes. The cause of most
falls is literal over-reach. According to research, those first ascending
the ladder do so with caution, but towards the end of their task, they
become impatient and take riskier steps as they feel themselves becoming
accustomed to their surroundings.
This confidence that grows later in projects can happen in any environment,
and the statistics agree—injuries and deaths tend to happen late
in the job. Normalization, or adopting looser practices for the sake of
speed, is to blame for such havoc.
For this reason, those operating heavy machinery or power tools on a job
site ought to be wary and patient not to succumb to normalization impulses.
Concentrating on the task at hand can often make the difference between
life and death.
If you suffered an injury on a job site, our Boston
personal injury attorney can help you file for
workers’ compensation or hold any guilty parties accountable for any negligence leading to your injury.
Call our firm today.