Few accidents at work will get the mind racing and heart pounding quite like a needle accident. As well as the obvious physical pain and suffering, these workplace injuries can also often play havoc with your mental state.
This fear is particularly prevalent should your injury be incurred on an already-used needle or sharp object. The fear of infection becomes a scarily real possibility and you can’t help but start picturing the worst case scenario.
This is why there are such diligent and clear rules and regulations when it comes to disposing of sharp objects such as hypodermic needles and scalpels. Unfortunately, the working environments in which these objects are typically present, such as hospitals and prisons, are often so fast paced that mistakes can be made.
How should accidents at work through needle injuries be avoided?
All sharp objects should:
- Be disposed off thoroughly into a designated and clearly labelled ‘sharps bin’
- Be handled with a great amount of care by fully trained staff whilst wearing extra protection i.e. gloves
The sharps bin should:
- Be emptied regularly to avoid overflow
- Be securely shut to prevent spillages
- Be disposed of in the proper manner by trained staff
While the physical consequences of an injury at work from a needle may seem mild on the surface, particularly when compared to some construction accidents, it is the potential dangers of infection and the stresses and worries these thoughts produce in the immediate aftermath of the workplace accident that can cause the most damage.
If you have suffered from a needle injury at work, it is important to remember that help is at hand and you may well be due some work accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is law firm with over 13 years experience in dealing with all manner of personal injury claims, including road accidents, public slips, trips and falls and workplace injuries.
They have a quick claims calculator on their website to help establish whether or not you have a claim to make and their free phone advice line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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