No matter where you work and in what environment you work in, accidents can happen. Some industries have more potential hazards than others, but all industries should have a first aid procedure to help anyone who has suffered an injury. A member of staff or several members of staff should assigned to the position of first aider and there should be a first aid kit available to every employee who needs to use it. Smaller organisations may only have an employee who is tasked with the emergency services if necessary but larger industries with more health and safety risks need to have trained first aid staff. If there is an accident, the first thing to do is consult the nearest first aider and have your wound attended to. The first aid kit must be fully stocked at all times to ensure that wounds can be attended to immediately. Depending on the injury, the appointed first aider should contact emergency services after applying first aid. Workplaces must identify their first aid needs to ensure that their appointed person is trained in first aid at work, emergency first aid or other first aid training depending on the type of workplace.
Accidents and injuries in the workplace
Slips, trips and falls are common in every workplace but the risks of these occurring should be lowered if proper health and safety procedures are applied. Accidents may happen due to simple clumsiness or human error which is why it is so important that there is a first aid at work trained employee where appropriate. However, accidents and injuries can also happen if employees are not given the appropriate working equipment, are not given adequate training or are not warned of any potential hazards (e.g. slippery floors). In addition, employees may be injured due to equipment that has not been checked or maintained or an injury could occur if an employee is not given adequate personal protective equipment. In these cases, you may be eligible for compensation if there is an accident that occurred due to negligence. Accident Advice Helpline is available 24/7 to help you with this, and can help you to collect evidence to support your accident at work compensation claim. Call us today to speak to an adviser about your case.
Date Published: October 1, 2014
Author: David Brown