Life is never predictable. Sometimes, this is a good thing, but when it comes to your health, it can be scary. Which is why it is advisable to have a first aid kit to hand.
Even the most normal-seeming day can quickly become a nightmare if you’re involved in accidents at work, a road traffic accident or an accident at home. If you’ve been injured and you weren’t to blame, you may wish to consider seeking legal advice from Accident Advice Helpline.
Why you should have a first aid kit
Accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. Sometimes, accidents happen completely out of the blue, but often, they are preventable.
If you’re at work, your boss should take the necessary health and safety steps to protect you from work injuries. They should also make sure that there are procedures in place to help you if you do sustain injuries at work. All workplaces should have a first aid kit which is easily accessible. It’s not a legal requirement to have a trained first-aider around, but it is hugely beneficial.
If you have a first aid kit, make sure it is checked and replenished on a regular basis. If somebody is injured, you can treat them quickly if you have a first aid kit. You may be able to stem bleeding if a colleague has cut their arm, or prevent swelling if somebody has been stung by a bee, for example.
It’s also beneficial to have a first aid kit at home. You never know when accidents are going to happen, and it’s best to be on the safe side.
If you have a first aid kit, it should include:
- Sterile dressings
- Scissors and tweezers
- Antihistamine medications
- Sting and bite relief
- Safety pins
- Disposable gloves
If you have a first aid kit, you can tend to all kinds of different injuries immediately. You may still need further medical assistance, but your actions may prevent a work injury from becoming more serious.
Claiming for a work accident
If you’ve been injured at work, you may be thinking about claiming work accident compensation. This is a financial payout which is granted to employees who have been injured as a result of negligence on the part of another person, usually their employer.
If you were not to blame for a work accident and you have proof that this was the case, call us now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice