As a first aider, you have to be prepared for all manner of accidents at work. Unaware of whenever a work-related injury may strike and require your expertise, you have to be on-hand, calm, and ready to take on whatever your hazard-filled sector throws your way.
Workplace injuries: Bleeding and necessary first aid
Bleeding is one of the most common of workplace injuries. Generally speaking, injuries are minor and can be treated entirely by the employer’s first aid facilities, however, depending on the sector, more severe lacerations may occur which require medical treatment or even the emergency services.
How to treat a minor cut
According to St John’s Ambulance, the following steps must be taken in the case of treating a minor cut, scratch or graze at work:
- Wash and dry your hands and the wrist area of your arm
- Put on disposable gloves
- Clean the cut with running water, if dirty
- Dry with soft, pat motions with a ‘sterile dressing or clean lint-free material’
- Where possible raise the affected area above the heart, for example, if the cut is on an arm
- Cover the cut, temporarily
- Clean the surrounding area with soap and water
- Pat the dry skin surrounding the cleaned area
- Cover the cut with a plaster or sterile dressing
In the case of severe bleeding, or when an foreign object in stuck in the wound, it is always advisable to seek professional medical help.
Injured at work?
Have you been injured at work and you feel you are not to blame? Perhaps you sustained a work-related injury and didn’t receive the first aid treatment you needed?
You are not alone
If you feel as though you have been let down by your employer, and your health and safety hasn’t been protected while at work, you may have a valid case for personal injury compensation.
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that significant measures are taken to look after the health and well-being of their staff. When you are injured at work through no fault of your own, it could be that your employer has failed to met this legal obligation and is therefore liable for the harm you have suffered.
Accident Advice Helpline
Speak to the people who know – Accident Advice Helpline has 13 years’ experience in dealing with victims of work-related injuries. If you are unsure of whether or not your claim is likely to be successful, nip online to Accident Advice Helpline’s website and check out their ’30-second test’. Alternatively, to discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: February 2, 2014
Author: David Brown