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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Common injuries in unfamiliar work environments


    Data shown by the Health & Safety Executive reveals that, during their first six months in a new job, employees are almost three-and-a-half times more likely to have a workplace accident than they are after five years or more in a job. Unfamiliar work environments is likely a contributory factor.

    Reasons for the increased risk

    The main reasons for this heightened risk include:

    • Lack of experience in a job or industry
    • Unfamiliar work environments
    • Reluctance to, or lack of knowledge on how to raise concerns
    • Eagerness to impress managers and colleagues

    Working in unfamiliar work environments may mean workers:

    • Fail to recognise potential hazards
    • Are unfamiliar with site layouts and site hazards, especially on sites where hazards may change daily
    • May cut corners or ignore rules or warning signs

    Common injuries in unfamiliar work environments

    Injury patterns for workers in unfamiliar work environments are the same as those for employees who have been in the same job for many years. This means the most common injuries in unfamiliar environments include, according to Riddor statistics for 2014/15:

    • Injuries by slips, trips and falls
    • Being hit by vehicles or moving objects
    • Injuries by manual handling accidents

    Minimising accidents at work

    The above figures make it clear that preventing accidents at work must include good housekeeping and training in:

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    • Working at height
    • Safe working practices
    • Manual handling
    • Use of equipment and machinery

    New employees should be taken around the workplace and shown where potential risks may exist, such as, for example:

    • Areas frequented by vehicles
    • Potential risks of being struck by moving or falling objects
    • Slip or trip hazards that cannot be removed, such as wet flooring in areas with high humidity, slopes, ramps or unexpected steps, for example

    Depending on the tasks at hand, continual supervision by fully trained, qualified staff may also be necessary.

    New employees

    When starting work in new surroundings, you can help prevent work accidents by:

    • Always following training and instructions as provided
    • Always asking for assistance or information if you are unsure about anything at all
    • Keeping an eye out for and never being afraid to report potential hazards

    Mishaps at work

    Whether you are new to a job or have been working in the same place for 20 years, if you were injured at work through no fault of your own, you may qualify for compensation.

    Get expert legal assistance by Accident Advice Helpline in-house solicitors by talking to one of our helpful advisors on freephone 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline, now.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: SM Content

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