Whether you like it or not, your workplace is your second home. You will spend almost as much time there with your ‘work family’, as you do with your ‘actual’ family and as such, isn’t it important that you feel safe when you’re at work? Accidents in the workplace are unfortunately rather commonplace and often get either overlooked or simply ignored. This should NOT be the case. In fact they shouldn’t really ever need to happen in the first place, and they wouldn’t if employers and employees alike started listening to their own common sense.
Common sense in the workplace
More often than not, the majority of workplace accidents and subsequent injuries can be easily averted by simple common sense. This means simply putting out signs that warn of potential hazards (wet floors, loose electrical wiring etc.), tidying away loose cables, using step-ladders instead of chairs to stand on and making sure that lighting is adequate across the entire office. It’s not rocket science. Unfortunately it is often down to the employer to make any drastic changes to the way a workplace is run and as an employee, taking the initiative and telling your employer that they’re not doing all they can to keep their workplace safe will not reflect well on you. If you’re willing to take the issue to the top of the ladder then more power to you. For the rest of us there are smaller things that can be done to keep any unnecessary workplace injuries at bay.
Clean up after yourselves – This might sound a little obvious, but you’d be surprised how many workers leave their workstations in an absolute state after the end of a long day. It takes literally a few minutes to clean your workstation before you head home and in the long run it could save you a great deal of hassle. For example, say you leave an empty can on your desk and it falls to the floor during the night, somebody walking in the next morning could slip on it and snap their necks. An unlikely scenario perhaps, but not without precedent.
All the common sense in the world of course, cannot prevent all accidents so if you are the victim of a workplace injury that wasn’t your fault, contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline. A no win, no fee* law firm established at the turn of the 21st century, the AAH are specialists in personal injury compensation and will listen to your queries without pushing you to go forward. We offer a no-obligation service and we are the best at what we do. So give us a ring, it’s just common sense.
Date Published: October 5, 2013
Author: David Brown