If you break some glass, there is a high risk of cutting yourself and causing injury so follow these simple steps to avoid accidents, and learn how to safely handle broken glass.
Cordon off the area
If you have small children or pets it is important to keep them away from the area while you are cleaning up. In the case of accidents at work, particularly if it is in a public place, a sign is important to warn people of the dangers.
Don’t attempt to pick up broken glass with your bare hands and avoid kneeling in the area where the break occurred. Always wear shoes as well to avoid cutting feet.
Use a vacuum cleaner
After you have picked up all the big pieces of glass you can tidy most of the shards from a distance using a dustpan and brush or vacuum cleaner. If you use a brush you may want to throw it away afterwards and get a new one as small slivers of glass can stick to the bristles and cause problems later.
Use folded damp paper towels to wrap and discard small pieces of glass marking the container with “broken glass” and wrapping in newspaper if necessary. Check all around the area since broken glass can fly much further than you think!
Make sure you check all around the frame as well as inside and outside the house so you don’t miss any pieces. Don’t be tempted to smash through any bits that are still attached to the frame, get a professional to mend the window.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have suffered a work injury as the result of an accident that was somebody else’s fault in the last three years then Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a claim for compensation. We have years of experience dealing with exactly these sort of work-related injuries and also specialise in road traffic accidents and slips, trips and falls.
When you call our 24/7 Freephone number one of our friendly and professional advisors will take you through the claims process and you can decide if you want to take it further with no obligation to proceed. Most claims are dealt with exclusively over the phone with no need to go to court, although the time taken for a claim can vary.
Accident Advice Helpline’s legal team works on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis so you can have confidence that you will not be losing out, no matter the outcome. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.