When people think of accidents at work they generally think of people who work in factories or handle dangerous chemicals. What they may not realise is that working in an office can result in a number of potentially dangerous situations. It is worth being aware of the potential accidents at work so you can make your company safer.
What is acceptable risk?
There is some debate as to what constitutes acceptable risk when discussing accidents at work. Some of it is down to common sense- you should know that coffee is hot and that you ought to take care when drinking it near a potentially flammable computer. This should not require signs or guidance.
However there are other factors that people need to realise. Some things are not necessarily obvious. Indeed some people may be putting themselves and others at risk without realising it.
Heavy lifting as a cause of accidents at work
It is very important to learn correct techniques when it comes to heavy lifting. Remember to lift with your legs and bend down correctly. This reduces the risk of back injuries and accidents at work. Learning correct lifting ought to be part of your training during your first few days at a company.
Exposed wires need to be taped down and preferably away from where people walk. It sounds obvious but if people can’t see them there is the increased risk of tripping up.
Correct tool usage
The use of vibrating tools needs to be carefully observed in order to reduce the risk of people getting vibration white finger, a condition that causes people to lose the sensation in their fingers. In the most severe cases this can result in the long term loss of dexterity in the hands.
This is one of the most serious forms of potentially damaging work conditions. Companies need to be properly aware of the potential presence of asbestos and need to clear it as soon as possible. Years of exposure can result in serious lung conditions and this needs to be taken seriously.
Trips and falls
Companies need to be sure that the working environment is as safe as possible. If the surface is wet then there needs to be a sign indicating this. This is not being overly cautious- unless the liquid is bright yellow it can be very difficult to see liquid on a surface while you are walking.
It is also important that the exterior of business premises are properly cleared of potential hazards as well. This is especially crucial in the winter when people could fall on iced over paths that have not been properly cleared.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
People are often hesitant to contact Accident Advice Helpline regarding incidents at work. There is the fear that this could cost the company money. However companies ought to be insured against this happening and in the long term claims can raise awareness of serious safety issues.
Our helpline is available 24 hours a day so it is worth getting in contact to see what we can do for you!
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown