There are often steps you can take to reduce the risk of accidents at work, but sometimes, accidents are inevitable. In order to make the workplace a safer place, employers must comply with stringent health and safety measures. These measures include steps to reduce the risk of gas leaks, fires and electrical injuries. If you discover gas has been leaking at work, here are some tips to help you stay safe.
What should I do if gas has been leaking for a long time?
If you arrive at work and think you can smell gas, it is important to act quickly. If gas has been leaking for a long time, there is a high risk of danger to you and your colleagues.
The first thing you must do is to switch the gas off. In most cases, there is an emergency valve, which you can find in the gas meter box. Notify other members of staff and seek advice if you dont know where the gas meter is located.
Open any windows and doors and try and get air flowing; don’t touch any power switches and avoid lighting matches or cigarettes at all costs, especially around gas that has been leaking a long time.
Call your gas provider immediately. If gas has been leaking for a long time, it is advisable to leave the building to reduce the risk of work-related illnesses and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Reducing the risk of work accidents
All UK employers should adhere to health and safety protocol in order to reduce the risk of work accidents and prevent employees from sustaining work injuries. Measures which may be taken include:
- Regular risk assessment
- Staff training
- Equipment checks
- Gas and electrical safety testing
- Procedures to prevent slips and trips
- Promotion of healthy living
Can I claim compensation for a work accident?
If you’ve been injured at work and you have evidence that you were not to blame, you have the right to claim compensation. If your employer failed to follow health and safety advice or they flouted the rules, you have a good chance of making a successful work
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have more than 15 years of experience in handling work accident claims and we can take care of the hard work for you. Call us now to discuss your case with a helpful advisor. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice