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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

    How to make your workplace risk free


    As an employee, you can make your workplace risk free and help your employer (who is ultimately responsible for your health and safety at work) to prevent accidents at work by:

    • Always following instructions and adhering to any training you were provided with in
      the use of machinery and safe working procedures
    • Ensuring you are aware of and follow safe manual handling procedures
    • Never working with equipment or operating machinery you are not trained to operate
    • Always using the correct equipment for any given job
    • Always wearing and using the correct, well-fitting personal protective clothing and equipment
    • Never wearing jewellery or loose fitting clothing, including tops or jackets with loose, baggy sleeves, scarves and other items of clothing likely to get caught in moving parts of machinery, when operating machinery
    • Never abusing or misusing equipment or machinery
    • Behaving appropriately and in a manner that does not put yourself or others at risk of
      sustaining injuries at work at all times
    • Immediately reporting any defective or damaged equipment and machinery will also help to prevent work accidents

    More ways of keeping your workplace risk free

    In terms of slips, trips and falls, you can keep your workplace risk free by:

    • Immediately mopping up spills
    • Marking wet flooring, after cleaning or during periods of wet weather, clearly with
      appropriate signage
    • Keeping corridors, pathways and stairways free of clutter
    • Ensuring any leads you are using do not represent trip hazards, including computer leads and extension leads

    Again, immediately reporting any potential slip, trip or fall hazards, such as loose or damaged flooring; spills you cannot deal with yourself; broken light bulbs in passages or stairways, will assist your employer in keeping your workplace risk free and prevent work-related injuries.

    When your best efforts are not enough

    Obviously, all your best efforts to keep your workplace risk free will only help to prevent workplace accidents if your employer and colleagues also do their best to prevent anyone being injured at work.

    If they fail to do so and you subsequently sustain a work injury, you could be eligible to make a claim for work injury compensation.

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    Expert advice

    Get free Accident Advice Helpline expert advice, confirm your eligibility to claim and enlist the help of our experienced, skilful in-house solicitors throughout your claim process by calling us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993. Both lines, for calls from home or mobile phones respectively, are open 24 hours a day, obligation-free and completely confidential.

    Date Published: April 29, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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