Steps to reduce the incidence of accidents at work

Accidents at work can be quite serious in certain work environments and although every workplace must have adequate health and safety at work measures in place, it is still all too easy for accidents to happen. No one intends an accident to injure themselves or others and with just a little extra care and attention, most can be avoided.

Wipe up spills immediately

Most accidents at work are caused by trips and falls and one of the commonest stories we hear at Accident Advice Helpline is that someone has slipped on something spilled by a colleague. This doesn’t even have to be liquid – powders, items such as ball bearings or even paper left on the floor can cause a slip and so it is vital to clear it up at once and if possible leave someone with the spill to alert passers-by until that is done.

Use appropriate warning signs

If you have to work at a height or on any job that makes the environment dangerous for others, make sure that you always use signs to warn them. Many personal injury claims that are made are based upon the fact that no warning was given. Accidents at work are not because someone was deliberately malicious, but that they simply did not think. Before starting on any job, ask yourself whether you have made the situation clear to others.

Keep your training up to date

Most employers are very aware that staff training needs to be kept updated but only you know whether you are comfortable with the demands your job is making on you. Personal injury compensation with regards to accidents at work is not dependent on how well trained you are, but you are not being fair to yourself or others if you don’t feel completely confident in your work. If you need an update, ask – any reputable employer would be happy to arrange for you to have a refresher course.

Watch out to prevent accidents at work

This means constant vigilance and it means keeping an eye on others as well as yourself. Some people worry that their colleagues will feel disgruntled if they are told about something they are doing wrong but this is rarely so – if a timely reminder can prevent accidents and the resulting personal injury compensation claims, most people would be happy to be told. Sometimes, it is a simple oversight and a quick word can prevent disaster.

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