Workplace accidents happen all too frequently, and they can range from minor incidents to major catastrophes. Some mishaps occur due to a lack of training or safety equipment, while others result from human error or even deliberate malfeasance. Recently on an online platform, users shared different workplace accidents they witnessed.
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1. Disastrous Consequences of Cutting Corners on Safety
A user shared a cautionary tale about a company in Asia that learned a hard lesson about the importance of safety. They let go of the safety guy, believing that safety wasn’t a full-time job, and put the supervisors in charge of all safety-related tasks. The result? A tragic accident led to two workers losing their arms and a fire in the back building.
2. When Beauty Goes Wrong: The Dangers of Heavy-Duty Glue
Brace yourself for a cringe-worthy story shared by another user. Imagine accidentally gluing your eye shut after attempting to reattach a fake nail with heavy-duty super glue. To make matters worse, in an attempt to relieve the irritation, the glue bonded to the eyelid and lashes.
3. Dangerous Mix-Up: Mistaking an Acid for a Drink
Have you ever heard of mistaking a beverage for an acidic compound? That’s what happened to a co-worker shared by a user. They accidentally consumed an unmarked bottle of the acidic compound, leading to a scary situation that could have been easily avoided with proper labeling.
4. Miracle Survival: The Worker Who Fell 20 Feet and Lived to Tell the Tale
Sometimes, accidents happen even when precautions are taken, as shared by another user who witnessed a man forget to attach his safety harness while working on scaffolding. The man fell 20 feet but shockingly stood up and returned to work the next day.
5. Ignoring Warnings: The High Cost of Taking Risks at Work
In another scary situation, a man received a severe electric shock while working on a large dryer at a hotel. Despite his colleagues warning him of the risks and advising him to cut off the power, he disregarded the advice, leading to the accident.
6. Caught in a Con: A Cautionary Tale of Trust and Trickery
Scammers can be persuasive, as shared by a user who recounted the story of a young woman who fell for a scam in a small shop. A man bought a $2 pack of gum with a $100 note and then returned it, asking for the money back.
After finding a $2 coin in his car, the woman gave him the refund, only to find herself locked out of her car while it was still running.
7. Fake Bill Foiled: How an Observant Employee Stopped a Scam
It’s essential to be vigilant when handling money, as a former grocery store employee shared a story about a man attempting to use a fake $100 bill to purchase fried chicken.
The employee noticed something off about the bill and alerted their co-worker, who was able to confirm that it was fake. The incident ultimately led to police involvement, highlighting the importance of constantly checking for counterfeit bills.
8. From Luxury to Downfall: The Scandal That Ruined a Company
Beware of accidentally printing sensitive information to a communal printer, as an individual shared who recounted the story of a company director who made that same mistake.
His travel plans for a supposed “work convention” were revealed, showing that he and another director were booked in a luxurious 5-star hotel presidential suite in Barcelona.
9. Two Strikes and Still Employed: The Story of a Tech Mishap
Sometimes mistakes can have serious consequences, as shared by a user who recounted the story of a new employee who deleted the root directory for the SFTP server, resulting in losing all files since the previous night’s backup. Remarkably, the same employee repeated the mistake a few weeks later but kept their job.
10. Tragic Mistake: A Heartbreaking Story of Medical Error
Heartbreakingly, a nurse’s colleague recently shared a story that would shake anyone to their core. A nurse’s mistake led to a baby’s tragic death after milk was fed into its lungs instead of the stomach due to a tube insertion error. The oversight of not checking the pH aspirate from the nasogastric tube had devastating consequences.
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