a threat of human activities (human error, accident, improper work practice, lack of foresight, disregard of safety standards, negligence, corruption, cost cutting, greed, or by simple incompetence – sometimes in combination with the release of hazardous substances and materials) that can have a negative effect on people, property and/or the environment.
A human-made disaster can be defined as:
the devastating effect of a human-made hazard that results in a negative effect on people, property and/or the environment.
Example: Human-made Hazard and Human-made Disaster
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