No matter what kind of workplace you go to each day, you will undoubtedly have heard of the Health and Safety at Work Act. This Act was created in the Seventies to ensure everyone at work would be safer and have a much-reduced chance of being made ill or being injured. Accidents and illnesses have dropped notably since then, but even now, some injuries do occur each year. One example we could provide is foot injuries.
We don’t tend to think too much about our feet unless something goes wrong and we injure one of them. Even a blister can be painful, so imagine how painful and inconvenient it would be to injure our feet at work. Fortunately, most instances can be prevented if the right steps are taken to make sure this happens.
Staying safe on our feet
Every job and situation should be assessed for risk prior to the job being done. This means any potential risks can be noted and reduced in scope. In some cases, there may be a risk that something could be dropped on the feet. If this is identified as a risk, personal protective equipment would be issued to ensure the risk is minimised.
Foot injuries can be reduced by wearing steel toe-capped boots each day while at work. These mean your toes and feet are largely protected if something were to fall on them. A foot injury could mean soft tissue damage or broken bones, and crush injuries are not uncommon. In any case such as this, it is possible you may be left with a limp or problems with one or both feet that could affect your daily life, and prohibit you from returning to the job you did before.
Have you suffered any foot injuries while working?
We can see how important it is for employers to follow the health and safety laws every day. Most of them do this and exceed the requirements they must meet, too. This is heartening to know, but it is also disappointing if you have already been injured and you’re wondering what to do.
The answer is to call us at Accident Advice Helpline. You can reach us on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 via your mobile. No-obligation advice concerning your own foot injuries is readily available thanks to our trained team of advisors.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen