Suffocation occurs when a person has an extreme lack of air. When they cannot breathe for an extended period of time they lose consciousness and this can lead to death. While suffocation accidents are very rare in the workplace they can have the potential to happen in certain circumstances. Obviously the employer in every workplace must ensure that venue is safe for everyone to work in on a daily basis. If there is any potential for suffocation accidents to occur the hazards should be clearly identified and dealt with so this cannot have a chance of happening.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of a number of companies that has dealt with claims pertaining to accidents of this nature in the past. While they are rare, even one death like this is one too many for those who are immediately involved.
How do suffocation accidents occur?
Since suffocation occurs through a lack of air, an accident of this nature can occur when someone is buried in some way. For example if stock or loose material of some kind was to engulf a person or fall on them, they may end up being buried underneath it for a prolonged period. If no one was able to reach them or get them out, the person could lose their life as a result.
Very few people will ever lose their lives in the workplace in any way. These types of incidents are even rarer in the scheme of things. But as we mentioned before, one death will affect so many other people.
How can a workplace be made safe?
The employer has a duty of care to make sure the workplace does not present any potential dangers to their employees, or indeed to anyone else who happens to be visiting. This means assessing all potential risks and taking steps to make sure any that are found are dealt with before anything has a chance to go wrong.
Unfortunately you may be reading this because you have lost a loved one in this type of workplace accident. If this is so, call Accident Advice Helpline today. The number is 0800 689 0500 and it will never cost you a penny to call. We can provide no-obligation advice and the experience gleaned over a 15-year period. Make sure you have the chance to seek our advice when you need it the most.