There are several different kinds of workplaces. They range from well-designed, aesthetic office spaces to machine-ridden, hazardous factories and from high-tech software houses to lumber and steel mills. Regardless of where you work though, accidents tend to occur at a workplace. These accidents could be small mishaps that largely go by unnoticed or serious incidents that may lead to near-fatal injuries and could even lead to an employee’s death.
Types of accidents at work
The accidents that occur at workplaces come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A factory worker could be involved in a mishap with heavy machinery or be exposed to highly toxic and hazardous chemicals. Employees at a mill could be burned, cut, or wounded severely when working with advanced technology. Workers at offices and banks could slip on wet floors or trip over something left lying around unwittingly. The accident might result from negligence on the administration’s part or simply be an oversight by the employee themselves. Most of these accidents however, can be prevented by exercising certain precautions and through being vigilant at the workplace.
Ways to prevent accidents at work
Preventing accidents at work requires the effort and involvement of everyone at the organisation. While employers are obligated to provide a safe working environment to their employees and are liable in cases of negligence and oversight, they cannot foresee or prevent every single situation. It falls to the employees as well to be aware of potentially risky situations and to be sufficiently vigilant, cautious, and responsible.
Here’s how most accidents at work can be prevented:
- The guidelines: The organisation should create a handbook that provides precautionary health and safety guidelines that need to be followed by all employees.
- The enforcer: A safety coordinator should be appointed to ensure that all guidelines are being adhered to and all measures necessary to prevent accidents at work are being implemented.
- Communication: Employers should communicate to their employees clearly and regularly that safety at work is a top priority for the organisation, and should establish clear communication lines to improve upon the safety measures in place.
- Inspection: Regular inspections should be conducted to ensure that the employees are following the established guidelines, and as a quality control measure to determine whether anything can be done to improve upon those guidelines.
- Tools: The organisation needs to provide any and all tools essential to ensure employee safety. These may include noise reducing headphones, sanitary working conditions, hard hats, protective gear and equipment, etc.
- Training: Employers should conduct regular training sessions that teach the employees how to be safe at the workplace, and increase awareness of potential risks and hazards. They should also learn what to do in case of an emergency and who to communicate with if and when an accident does take place.
If, despite all the precautions, you have been injured at work, and the accident is a result of the employer’s negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for advice and help with the work accident claim.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown