A lecture organised by Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group next month is set to highlight the problems of becoming complacent about the dangers of accidents. Many people assume that accidents always happen to others, and that they themselves are immune to risk.
The Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group (MOHSG) has organised a lecture called “It will never happen to me/We don’t have accidents” to illustrate the dangers associated with this type of thinking in relation to workplace accidents. The lecture will be delivered by The First Aid Training School and it is hoped that it will help to reduce the level of complacency of both workers and employers.
MOHSG are affiliated to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the group has been in existence since before World War II. By regularly promoting health and safety matters by means of lectures, meetings and publishing reports, they hope to ‘encourage the establishment of active and efficient safety organisations in all places of work and to study the causes of accidents and related hazards’ (quote taken from MOHSG website).
A company who often see the other side of a workplace accident, and widely regarded as one of the best law firms in the UK, the Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing with claims for work injury compensation for over a decade. A spokesperson from the firm said,
“As work injury compensation claims continue to rise I think that complacency in the workplace could be part of the problem, but it’s not just employers who can become complacent – staff do not always take workplace dangers seriously enough either.”
She went on to add, “It’s only when an accident has actually happened that people start to realise the potential dangers of working, whether that’s in an office with loose cables or leads to trip over, or on a construction site where the dangers are more obvious.”
According to the RoSPA website, 171 workers were fatally injured in 2010-11 as the result of a workplace accident, with construction and agriculture being the most risky industries in which to work.
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The Accident Advice Helpline support victims of non-fault accidents by offering expert advice and guidance on the personal injury claims process, and their 24 hour helpline can be reached on 0800 6897 221.