Paper cuts are often very small, but they really pack a punch when it comes to pain. Although these injuries may seem minor, some recorded paper cuts can actually be very painful.
It’s often tricky to avoid paper cuts, but it is possible to avoid many accidents at work. If you’ve been injured at work and you weren’t to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a successful personal injury claim.
The worst recorded paper cuts
Paper cuts, contrary to their name, are not just caused by paper. There are various ways you can end up with paper cuts and most commonly, people who work in offices are affected.
Paper cuts are more painful than other cuts because they tend to affect the fingers and hands. The skin on your fingers is fragile and there are complex networks of nerves beneath the surface. It’s also virtually impossible to continue life without using your hands, so every time your cut comes into contact with something, you feel pain.
In the vast majority of cases, paper cuts heal independently without any need for treatment; they tend to recover without causing any damage and they are a temporary nuisance. In the worst recorded paper cuts cases, people have been known to suffer pain for days.
There is also a risk of infection, as there is with any open wound. If you have a paper cut, it’s best to put a plaster on to prevent harmful bacteria getting into the wound.
Preventing accidents in the workplace
In many cases, it’s impossible to prevent paper cuts at work; they happen before you know it and there is little variation when it comes to handling paper. Often, it is possible to prevent other types of work-related injury.
Here are some suggestions which may help to reduce the risk of work accidents and work-related illness:
- Carry out regular risk assessment
- Record details of all accidents and respond to trends
- Ensure that staff have the relevant training and are up to date with health and safety procedures
- Check all equipment in line with health and safety guidelines
- Encourage staff members to take regular breaks
- Promote healthy lifestyle choices and encourage good posture
- Ensure up to date safety protocol is in place, for example, dealing with spillages and wet floors
If you’ve been injured at work in the last three years, and you were not to blame, let the experts at Accident Advice Helpline guide you through the process. Call us now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Angela Moran