Tools left lying around are responsible for a range of accidents. The people who are most vulnerable will be young children and the elderly, as well as anyone who is in any way incapacitated, such as those who are visually impaired. There have been instances of workers going into care or nursing homes to carry out routine maintenance and forgetting to tidy up after themselves when they take lunch breaks or have to pop out to their vans to retrieve another tool. In these circumstances, it is all too easy for someone to stumble over objects and crash to the ground.
This can have an especially devastating effect for older victims; because the bones are more brittle, when they trip over tools that have been abandoned there is a danger of them breaking bones. When this happens to anyone it will be distressing, but it will be especially so for people who are already feeling lonely and vulnerable. Certain tools have the capacity to inflict particular damage. This includes any that have sharp edges or blades, as well as those which are electrically driven. People can easily trip over cables, exposing themselves to the danger of falling as well as the potential for receiving electrical shocks.
Avoiding these accidents
Injuries caused by tools left lying around are easily preventable. Workers should be made aware of the environment they will be entering prior to commencing any job. While they should always be tidying up after themselves, they should be encouraged to take particular care when they will be working in the proximity of extremely vulnerable people. Taking a few minutes to tidy tools out of the way as they work is all that it takes to avoid injury. When not in use, electrical equipment should always be unplugged and cables coiled up.
Have you thought about seeking recompense?
If the thought of claiming compensation for your injuries has crossed your mind, let Accident Advice Helpline assist you on this path. While nothing is guaranteed and every case is different, when it can be proved that the fault lay with someone else and the accident occurred within the past three years, you are already well on the way to making a convincing case. You can let our team of legal experts confirm this when they investigate the circumstances. To set the ball rolling, all you have to do is telephone 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown