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An accident, also known as an unintentional injury, is an undesirable, incidental, and unplanned event that could have been prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence. Most scientists who study unintentional injury avoid using the term "accident" and focus on factors that increase risk of severe injury and that reduce injury incidence and severity (Robertson, 2015).
Physical and non-physical
Physical examples of accidents include unintended motor vehicle collisions or falls, being injured by touching something sharp, hot, electrical or ingesting poison. Non-physical examples are unintentionally revealing a secret or otherwise saying something incorrectly, forgetting an appointment etc.
- Accidents during the execution of work or arising out of it are called work accidents. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), more than 337 million accidents happen on the job each year, resulting, together with occupational diseases, in more than 2.3 million deaths annually.
- In contrast, leisure-related accidents are mainly sports injuries.
Poisons, vehicle collisions and falls are the most common causes of fatal injuries. According to a 2005 survey of injuries sustained at home, which used data from the National Vital Statistics System of the United States National Center for Health Statistics, falls, poisoning, and fire/burn injuries are the most common causes of death.
The United States also collects statistically valid injury data (sampled from 100 hospitals) through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System administered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This program was revised in 2000 to include all injuries rather than just injuries involving products. Data on emergency room visits is also collected through the National Health Interview Survey. In The U.S. the Bureau of Labor Statistics has available on their website extensive statistics on workplace accidents.
- Sequential models
- Complex linear models
- Systemic models
- Non-linear models
- Accident analysis
- Idiot proof
- Injury prevention
- List of accidents and disasters by death toll
- Safety engineering
- Risk management
- Air safety
- Bicycle safety
- List of rail accidents
- Tram accident
- Sailing ship accidents
Other specific topics
- Aisles: Safety and regulatory considerations
- Explosives safety
- Nuclear and radiation accidents
- Occupational safety and health
- Sports injury
Robertson, LS. Injury Epidemiology: Fourth Edition. Free online at www.nanlee.net
- "ILO Safety and Health at Work". International Labour Organization (ILO)
- Runyan CW, Casteel C, Perkis D, et al. (January 2005). "Unintentional injuries in the home in the United States Part I: mortality". Am J Prev Med. 28 (1): 73–9. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2004.09.010. PMID 15626560.
- CPSC. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). Database query available through: NEISS Injury Data.
- NCHS. Emergency Department Visits. CDC.
- A long list of books and papers is given in: Taylor, G.A., Easter, K.M., Hegney, R.P. (2004). Enhancing Occupational Safety and Health. Elsevier. pp. 241–245, see also pages 140–141 and pages 147–153, also on Kindle. ISBN 0750661976.
- Yvonne Toft; Geoff Dell; Karen K Klockner; Allison Hutton (April 2012). "Models of Causation: Safety". In HaSPA (Health and Safety Professionals Alliance). OHS Body of Knowledge (PDF). Safety Institute of Australia Ltd. ISBN 978-0-9808743-1-0.
- H.W. Heinreich (1931). Industrial Accident Prevention. McGraw-Hill.
- Bird and Germain, 1985
- Gibson, Haddon, Viner
- Reason, James T. (1991). "Too Little and Too Late: A Commentary on Accident and Incident Reporting". In Van Der Schaaf, T.W.; Lucas, D.A.; Hale, A.R. Near Miss Reporting as a Safety Tool. Butterworth-Heinemann. pp. 9–26.
- Perrow, 1984
- Leveson 2004
- Hollnagel, 2004
- Dekker 2011
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