When people think of injuries at work they generally think of people working in factories or construction sites. However there are a number of different types of work related accidents and it is worth knowing them in order to keep yourself safe and to avoid risk whenever possible.
Certain repetitive tasks can cause injuries over time. As well as continually operating machinery this can also affect people using computers in an office typing on a computer, causing back strain and increasing the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. The best way to avoid this is to ensure people take regular breaks and that any chairs are adjusted in such a way to avoid back problems.
Getting caught in machinery
This is something that needs to be taken seriously. People need to be given the right protective equipment to ensure body parts do not get stuck in the machine and it is vital that anyone using machinery is properly trained to minimise the chances of getting entangled.
This can happen both on and off site. You need to be sure that people are aware of their responsibilities. Safe driving practices can reduce risk, and giving employees training and awareness is a vital part of this.
Walking into things, tripping and falling over
In a sitcom someone walking into something is funny. In real life it tends to be a lot more painful! While some accidents are unavoidable potential hazards need to be removed as much as possible.
This is also valid when it comes to hazards that people could potentially trip or fall over. For example cables should be taped down not allowed to cause a trip hazard in the middle of walkways. If they are in a corner and not exposed then it is much less likely people will trip over them.
Why this is important
In effect all of these potential problems are about companies being aware of their responsibilities and acting accordingly. Companies should carry out appropriate risk assessments and ensure that their health and safety policies are fully up to date. This also means having a first aid kit and someone with first aid training on hand.
When you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you find yourself injured in an accident at work that could have been prevented then you ought to contact Accident Advice Helpline. As well as being able to claim compensation for lost earnings there is the additional benefit that this will highlight unsafe working practices and help to improve the working environment.
Contact our 24-hour helpline today to find out more about making a workplace accident claim. We have over 13 years of experience and we have been endorsed by Esther Rantzen, who for years confronted companies about poor working practices as part of shows such as That’s Life and Watchdog. Don’t delay, contact us today!