The last thing on anyone’s mind when they go to work in the morning is being injured in an accident at their place of work. Yet workplace accidents can and do happen, and the consequences can be serious. It’s ultimately up to employers to ensure that they keep their staff safe at work and if your employer has failed to keep you safe, they could be held liable for your injuries and ordered to pay you compensation, if you make a personal injury claim within three years of your accident. Accident prevention is an important part of any employer’s health and safety strategy; luckily we have some accident prevention tips that can help you to stay safe at work.
The best accident prevention tips to bear in mind
Accident prevention tips include things like:
- Reporting any faults or defects – for example damaged flooring or faulty machinery – to management as soon as possible and following up to check this has been resolved
- Being aware of your surroundings and keeping an eye out for hazards
- Keeping your workspace clean and tidy to avoid hazards which could cause an accident
- Not running in the corridors at work
- Being careful when carrying hot drinks or liquids
- Ensuring you wear provided PPE and use safety equipment correctly
- Making sure you have received the training you need and speaking to your employer if you feel you need additional training to carry out your job safely
These tips can help to reduce the risk of being injured in an accident at work, and the key is to be aware of risks, whatever workplace you’re employed in. You could just as easily be injured whilst working in an office or shop as you could in a factory or warehouse, so take health and safety at work seriously at all times.
Compensation for injuries sustained in workplace accidents
If, despite all your best efforts, you’re injured in an accident at work, ask yourself who is actually to blame. It may be that your employer has failed to keep you safe – for example they may not have provided you with the necessary PPE for working with hazardous substances and you may have suffered chemical burns as a result, or contact dermatitis. If something like this has happened to you, pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee personal injury claim.
Date Published: May 7, 2017
Author: Rob Steen