Accidents at work occur in every industry, and hairdressing is certainly no exception. Working with water, electrics, heat and chemicals can lead to a variation of sector-related injuries. Despite it seeming a relatively safe profession, hairdressers are also at risk of personal injury when they complete everyday working tasks. For hairdressers, work-related accidents range from minor lacerations to severe chemical burns or electrical injuries.
Common work-related injuries in hairdressing
A look around a hairdressing salon should highlight a number of potential hazards for workers. Common work-related injuries in hairdressing include the following top five impairments:
- Chemical burns
- Electrical injuries
- Skin reactions and allergies
Avoiding accidents at work for hairdressers
To avoid work-related injuries in the hairdressing sector, there are a number of precautions to take.
Frequently checking that electricals are in good working condition and are turned off when they are not being used is one such precaution. It is also important to ensure that all electricals are a good distance away from water, including washbasins.
Avoid slips, trips and falls in the workplace by maintaining the work area. It is easy for the floor at a hairdressers to become covered with hair, water and electrical cables. Keep this under control and be aware of your surroundings when working.
All hairdressers should patch test new products on their skin before directly applying them to clients. Always remember to wear gloves too and request non-latex gloves if you are allergic to latex.
Who is to blame?
When you are at work, your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety. If you feel that the accident that caused your injury was the fault of your employer, they may have failed to meet this legal obligation and therefore, could be held liable. In this case, you may want to seek advice from a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims. If you feel that your work-related accident occurred at the fault of the company or management, you may be able to claim compensation for any harm you have suffered.
Our freephone number is available 24 hours, seven days a week. Call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak with a member of our specialist team who will offer tailored advice considering your individual circumstances.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice