Working environments can be dangerous! It doesn’t matter if you work in an office or on a construction site. There are a lot of ways you can potentially hurt yourself. It is worth being aware of the ten most common accidents at work so that you can make your working environment a safer place.
Reasonable precautions against accidents
There are a number of ways that companies can ensure that work place accidents are kept to a minimum.
- Make sure you have a first aid kit- Recent legislation has been updated so legally you need to check that your first aid kit has the right contents such as tape and the right type of dressings.
- Always report accidents in the accident log book
- Ensure that your company has a qualified first aider available at all times to provide medical treatments in an emergency
- Health and safety guidelines must be followed.
The Top Ten
- Slips and falls- Any potentially wet floors or hazardous environments need to be clearly marked. Also any exposed wires need to be taped down. It sounds obvious but it can be easy to lose track if you are in a hurry.
- Falls- In the UK 12,000 people were said to have fallen off ladders between 2008-2009 and these are just the incidents that were recorded! While ladders are the most common fall this can also happen when you are on a stairwell, platform or scaffolding.
- Burns- These need to be treated as quickly as possible. Burns can vary from someone spilling boiling water on themselves in the kitchen, to chemical burns through exposure in an industrial environment.
- Back and neck strain- Most associated with heavy lifting. Proper training is vital to prevent this.
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)- This can be prevented by taking breaks and exercising between work periods.
- Cuts- Cuts can often occur when using sharp objects. As well as learning how to use equipment carefully it helps to have plasters nearby. If you work in the food industry remember to use blue plasters so they show up if they accidentally fall in food!
- Hearing loss- This is especially likely in loud industrial environments. Remember to wear the correct protective head gear!
- Vehicle accident injuries- These can occur in jobs that require driving such as farm work.
- Toppling- If items are not properly stacked then items can fall on top of you, increasing the risk of injury.
- Inhalation- This can result in severe lung conditions, especially if you have inhaled asbestos fibres. Again, the correct protective clothing and masks are vital to prevent this.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
It is important for companies to recognise that there is a limited amount of risk that is acceptable in the work place. Accident Advice Helpline can help you get the compensation you deserve for accidents that were not your fault.
With over 13 years of experience we have the means to give you the best chance of getting the compensation you deserve. We are open 24 hours a day so contact us today to see what we can do for you!
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown