Every year, around 650,000 people are injured at work in the UK, with many of these injuries being fully preventable. Although the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 has made our workplaces infinitely safer, there are still a huge number of employer negligence cases passing through the courts each year, because in many, many cases workers’ serious injuries could have been prevented with some very simple training procedures.
How can training prevent injuries?
Training can prevent both dangerous accidents and painful injuries received over the long term. Simply knowing how to lift heavy objects properly, for example, can prevent injury in most cases. Lifting with a curved back makes it four times more likely that you will suffer injury than if you lift with a straight back from the bottom of your spine.
If you have to sit at a desk, you should be trained on where to place your monitor and keyboard so as to prevent neck pain and RSI when typing. If you have to use manual equipment, you should be trained in the proper use of this equipment so as not to cause strain anywhere on your body.
All workers in the UK should also be trained on how to keep the environment free of hazards for other workers. Spillages should be cleaned up straight away, for example, and objects should not be placed anywhere where they could create a hazard.
Heavy items should not be piled dangerously high unless strictly necessary, and when necessary they should be properly secured. If everyone in the workplace is properly trained, the environment should be safe for everyone.
What to do if you have been injured at work
If you have been injured at work through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Workers in the UK lose thousands of pounds through having to take time off work for injury each year, and personal injury compensation is designed to help those who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence.
If you’d like to learn more about this legal provision, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our advisers will be happy to discuss your particular situation in detail as well as answering any questions you may have. For a quick guide to your possible eligibility, check our 30-second test online.