According to the Health and Safety Executive, workplace accidents in the UK have fallen by around a third in the past decade. This is most likely due to better safety procedures and an increased awareness of workplace dangers.
Over 646,000 people were injured in the last year at work, however, proving that both minor and more serious workplace accidents are still relatively common. For this reason, it’s very important that everyone is aware of the basic first aid techniques that can minimise injury and even save lives.
First aid in the workplace
Every workplace in the UK is required by law to have a fully-stocked first aid kit available at all times and within easy reach. In there, you should find everything you need to deal with minor cuts and burns as well as painkillers, antiseptic wipes or sterile solution, eye baths, disposable gloves, and sterile dressings.
If the victim is unconscious and has stopped breathing, you may need to perform CPR immediately. There should always be one designated first aider available who is trained in CPR, but don’t be afraid to attempt CPR even if you haven’t received proper training.
Simply place your palm flat on the victim’s breastbone with the other palm on top then compress their chest firmly around 30 times. Experts recommend doing this according to the rhythm of the Bee Gee’s famous song ‘Stayin’ Alive.’
If the victim is unconscious but breathing, do not attempt to move them and call the emergency services straight away. A trained first aider will be able to manoeuvre them into the recovery position if they feel it is the best course of action. If the victim is bleeding profusely, use a clean piece of material or cloth to compress the wound and stem the flow of blood.
What to do if you have been injured in the workplace
If you have been injured in the workplace due to employer negligence, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. This includes negligence due to a lack of first aid provision or an unsafe environment.
If you’d like to discuss your specific situation in detail with a trained professional, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to give you a good idea of whether or not your accident was indeed caused by employer negligence and how likely your claim is to be successful. For a very quick guide to your eligibility, simply use our 30-second online claim calculator.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown