Little cuts and grazes are common injuries caused by accidents at work. If you do suffer such an injury at work, it is good to know how to deal with a cut to treat the affected area and prevent further complications.
Before you attempt to deal with a cut yourself, consult your workplace first aider. If you are unsure of who this is, ask your line manager. Your first aider will be able to deal with a cut correctly and efficiently.
How to deal with a cut
If you find yourself in a situation in which you need to deal with a cut, following an accident at work, there are a few simple steps to follow to ensure you treat the injury correctly.
The NHS recommends that you deal with a cut by:
- Stopping the bleeding: Stop bleeding by applying pressure to the affected area. Cover the wound with a clean, dry material, such as a towel, and ensure bleeding has stopped before applying a dressing. If the cut is to a limb, raise it to reduce blood flow.
- Cleaning the wound: Once the wound has stopped bleeding, carefully clean it. After thoroughly washing and drying your hands, clean the wound under a running tap and pat dry the area with a clean towel.
- Applying a dressing: Apply a sterile adhesive dressing to the wound. Keep the dressing clean, changing it frequently as needed.
If the wound is causing you pain, use a painkiller, such as paracetamol, to ease the discomfort.
When you can’t deal with a cut yourself
In some case a cut may not stop bleeding, it may be too deep or too large. The victim may feel faint, pass out, or the injury may have been caused by an animal bite. In such cases, do not attempt to deal with a cut yourself, seek medical attention.
Claiming compensation for accidents at work
If you have been involved in an accident at work through no fault of your own, and you believe someone else is to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you determine if you are entitled to claim compensation.
For more information, speak with one of our specialist advisors today, via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice