On a basic level accidents can delay people for a while, making a business less productive. On a more serious level it can result in people being unable to work and in the most serious cases death.
This is why companies need to be aware of how to minimise risk and take basic steps to prevent accidents.
Acceptable levels of risk
People can be cynical about health and safety. However this is often misunderstood. It is not about stifling people or preventing them doing their job, or due to overly strict rules. It is about making sure that people can do their jobs with the minimum exposure to potential harm. A few simple steps can prevent accidents in the long term!
The right training to prevent accidents
The right training is crucial. This is something that should be done as soon as someone joins a company. During this time you can make sure that they know what their job entails and how to do it safely. People learn at different rates so you should not assume that once you have shown them a video or done a quick class that they will know everything.
This is a good example of why you need the right training. Heavy lifting needs to be done correctly, lifting with the knees and not up with the arms. People should also use lifting equipment if they need to. If a job looks too big get two people to do it or use some form of lifting equipment. Again remember to show people how to use the equipment properly as well!
The right protective clothing can include anything from safety helmets to hazardous waste protective suits. It is vital to check the guidelines on this in order to prevent people from being unnecessarily exposed. Headgear is also vital if you work in a very loud industrial environment to prevent conditions such as tinnitus.
It may sound strange but it is not only industrial environments where people are at risk. People need to maintain the right posture while working in an office and should take regular breaks away from the screen.
Not only does this help to prevent conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome but it can also mean people are more productive as they do not lose concentration due to excessive screen staring!
Ways you can make a working environment safer include-
- Keep exposed wires taped down (preferably away from walkways)
- Entrances and exits are not blocked
- Paths properly cleared during icy conditions
- Restricting the usage of vibrating tools
- Clear signs and labels
- Having a trained first aider on the team
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you are concerned that your working environment is not safe then you should inform them. If an accident occurs that could have been prevented then you could be entitled to compensation.
For more information on this and how to pursue a compensation claim you can contact Accident Advice Helpline 24 hours a day. There is always someone there to discuss your claim so contact us today to see what we can do for you!
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown