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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    How to Avoid Accidents at Work


    Many accidents can be avoided by just being more responsible. You can make claims for accidents that occur at the workplace if they were somebody else’s fault, but wouldn’t it be better if you managed to avoid these accidents in the first place?

    However, you have to make an effort and implement safety measures to have the best chance of avoiding accidents. Let’s discuss how you can avoid accidents at work.

    Take Responsibility

    If you want to avoid getting injured at work then you must act responsibly. You should always be alert while at work so that you can spot any potential risks. Slipping on a wet floor, for example, is frequently avoidable, though if the wet floor was not properly signed then your employer can be held liable. This is just one example of how being more aware of your surroundings can help you to avoid getting into accidents.

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    Don’t Miss Training Sessions

    Sadly, some employees deem training sessions as a waste of time, or worse still an excuse for a day of fun away from their normal duties. It is to be remembered that key safety training and advice is often given out in such meetings which is important for your own safety and that of your colleagues.

    When you don’t attend the training you miss out on this valuable information. So when you return to work you are vulnerable to the risks of accidents because you don’t know which precautionary measures to implement. Workers should take part in all relevant training sessions so that they can help with accident avoidance.

    Learn to Use Safety Gear

    In some jobs you might be required to wear safety gear before carrying out certain tasks. For example, construction workers have to wear safety goggles, helmets and high-vis vests when they are on the job.

    Anyone who doesn’t use the proper equipment is vulnerable to accidents. If your job requires you to wear safety gear you should always have it on and also follow the instructions your employer has given you.

    Know When to Ask For Assistance

    At the workplace if you don’t understand something you should immediately ask for help rather than taking any risks. If you are struggling to operate a machine or move an object you should ask a fellow employee to help you. Don’t undertake any task that is beyond your capabilities.

    Reporting Issues

    Any issues that you face at the workplace should be immediately reported to the management. Remember that they can only correct problems if they are brought to their attention.

    Similarly they can only be pursued for compensation if it can be demonstrated that they were aware of a safety risk and did nothing about it.

    If you have suffered an injury at work you should call us for advice on getting fair compensation.

    Date Published: October 15, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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