Regardless of your profession, every worker is at some point given a completely bizarre task to undertake. And it can leave you stumped, sometimes even causing accidents at work. Opening boxes with knives may not be an exclusive task for those working in care professions or gift services, however, the dangers surrounding usage of knives are very common. Whether you have the pleasure of opening present boxes, or are stuck with standard delivery boxes, knowing how to open them safely with a knife is key to reducing the risk of work-related injury.
Accidents at work: Know your knives
First and foremost, it is essential that you use the correct knife when opening boxes. Accidents at work are more likely to occur when incorrect tools are used and a kitchen knife isn’t the tool for the box job.
If your employer regularly requests that you open boxes, you are within your rights to ask for the appropriate knife to perform the task. To minimise work-related injuries, a workplace utility knife should be supplied with a safety cutter feature, tape hook and blunted tip blade. This type of utility knife is sometimes referred to as a box knife, and is especially designed to help workers safely open all types of boxes.
Why should an employer supply a utility knife?
All employers have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their staff members. When performing hazardous tasks, the employer is obliged to undertake a risk assessment and supply the necessary equipment required to complete the job safely.
Injured at work: Placing the blame
It isn’t always obvious who is to blame for your work-related injury. If you believe that you have experienced an accident at work that was in no way your fault, it may be worth seeking legal advice. A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline will talk through the fundamentals of your case with you and from that determine if you work accident claim is likely to be successful if pursued.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over 15 years’ experience in helping victims of personal injury obtain the compensation they are entitled to. With free initial guidance, via their 24/7 advice line, and a no win no fee* basis applied on all cases, Accident Advice Helpline are dedicated to getting you the results you want without the surprise of any unaffordable bills.
Date Published: February 26, 2014
Author: David Brown