Putting a sign up to warn people is something that is quite basic. A plastic sign is relatively inexpensive or even a clearly displayed card sign with information on it. This simple step of providing the right signage can help businesses prevent the need for a lot of compensation cases.
People need to realise that there is a difference between being overly cautious and preparing against risk. For example if someone is running around the office then they cannot complain if they fall over. If however someone is walking normally and they slip on a spillage that hasn’t had a sign pointing it out then they can injure themselves through no fault of their own.
It is also vital to remember that risk is not restricted to the people working in the environment. People who visit the office or other working environment need to know health and safety procedures for their own protection.
Different types of signage
The kind of signage you need will depend on the hazards involved-
- Hazard signs- A good example being the “Danger of death” signs outside power stations. The black text on a yellow background is very distinctive so people ought to be aware of potential hazards.
- Danger signs- These refer to potential high risk as opposed to extremely hazardous environments. One example would be fragile roofs so that people do not overload them.
- Caution signs- These tend to be the lowest risk situations such as boiling water or automatic doors. However these are not claims to be taken lightly. If people do not take caution signs seriously and lose concentration while doing a task then injuries can occur.
Another important example of the right signage is labels on chemicals. It doesn’t matter if you work in a chemical plant or you are using bleach to clean out a toilet, you need to be aware of what you are using and to take the right steps to keep safe.
The labels should also have some kind of first aid guidance as well. This means that if someone gets a chemical on their skin then someone knows what to do in order make sure a chemical burn is properly treated.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
Signs need to be clearly displayed in a place of business. If they are obscured or not clear enough then people may not be able to read them. If you are involved in an accident thanks to a spill that was not clearly shown or a label did not provide sufficient information then you could be able to claim compensation.
As well as getting compensation these claims can also help businesses to be more aware of potential risk and how to minimise it in the workplace. This is one of the reasons our company has been endorsed by Esther Rantzen who for many years has worked on behalf of consumers for their rights.
Accident Advice Helpline is available 24 hours a day. If you are worried, or unsure if it is possible to make a claim, then you should contact us today. We can guide you through the process and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today and see what we can do for you!
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown