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We often tend to cover up avoidable mistakes at work, play, on the road, at home and in the community with that word "ACCIDENT", but most times the word is just a convenient scape goat.

Sheer escapism. But don't get me wrong because occasionally accidents do occur. Earthquakes, land and mud slides, tsunamis, etc. are accidents but they happen to be natural occurrences or events. Being of such peculiar nature, there is precious little we can do to prevent them coming to pass, thereby limiting us to whatever damage controls we can muster in their aftermath to minimize fallouts or consequences.

But not so for injuries, deaths or property damage at work, play, home, road or in the community because we can and should be able to prevent or at the very least, reduce the frequency of occurrence, if we chose to do so. It therefore follows that what we like to conveniently refer to as accidents at work and everywhere else are simply products of our errors, omission and/or commission. They are PREVENTABLE or in most cases, should have been PREVENTED. 

Here's how it is. When we drive with little or no knowledge of the rules and regulations of lawful motoring, operate a watercraft with no proper competence training or certification; when employers put people to work in complicated production processes for upwards of 12-hours at a stretch without rest or break, etc., they're laying a clear foundation for injuries, deaths or property damage to freely occur.

So when next the unwanted does happen, we should have no justifiable cause to refer to such an occurrence as an ACCIDENT. That's like calling a spade a digging implement because along the line, there would have been more than a single opportunity to step up and stop it from happening.

Think about it before the next one along.


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