From slips, trips and falls to workplace stress, employment can present a myriad health and safety issues. That considered, with a little intervention from employers, including the implementation of policies and procedures, workplace illness and accidents can be minimised.
- Workplace trips and falls are a massive cause of personal injury claims surrounding accidents in the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advise that employers must concentrate on ensuring that:
- walkways are clear from obstruction and available for use
- the maintenance of flooring, including walkways, is implemented correctly and issues such as erosion and uneven ground are addressed
- housekeeping is completed to a high standard, with any health and safety hazards removed, including wet flooring and loose wires
- It is the responsibility of the team leader to assess the workload that has been assigned to employees. Depending on the tasks expected of individuals and issues surrounding the working environment and staffing levels, workplace stress can cause workplace illness and absence. Effective monitoring and evaluation of individual office roles can prevent this issue.
- According to the HSE, manual handling injuries are responsible for over a third of workplace injuries. While the office environment does not require as many laborious tasks as the industrial sector, lifting boxed reams of paper and office equipment can also cause injury. Employers must provide satisfactory health and safety training to all team members to minimise accidents in the workplace.
- It is a legal requirement for employers to maintain any electrical equipment. This includes any portable devices. As well as visual tests and general assertiveness regarding the condition of electrical equipment, hiring Electrical Inspectors ‘reduces the number of electrical accidents by enforcing the law’ (HSE), as well as providing tailored advice and guidance for employers.
- It is essential for employers to provide a workplace first aid service. While this may not prevent injury or illness, it does promote the successful management of ill health or harm at work, perhaps reducing the need for hospital treatment. It is also a quick and effective way to ensure that any harmed members of staff receive a basic level of treatment.
Have you experienced an accident at work due to a health and safety issue?
If you have suffered from a work-related illness or injury through no fault of your own, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim the personal injury compensation that you deserve.
As long as your accident occurred in the last three years, and you can prove that the blame lies within the hands of your employer, Accident Advice Helpline can help you. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown