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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Are work accidents avoidable?

    Accidents tend to occur every single day, especially at the workplace. They might be small pinpricks that go unnoticed or major slips and trips that break bones and cause absences from work and injury compensation claims. According to HSE statistics, an estimated 646,000 workers suffered from a work accident in 2012/13 alone in the UK.

    Pinpricks or broken bones, paper cuts or near fatal injuries, most work accidents are avoidable if proper precautions are exercised. There are those of course, who argue that all work accidents should be foreseen and prevented but that is nigh on impossible, if only because of the logistics. An accident can occur due to any of a million reasons and certainly not every one of them can be predicted and avoided.

    The Accidents

    The majority of work accidents are not even really accidents but mere oversights and negligence, either on the part of the management or the employees. As such, a majority of work accidents are avoidable if the necessary preventative measures are enforced and if the requisite precautions are employed. The employer and the employee are both required to exercise and be mindful of these safeguards and should do everything they can to ensure that rules for health and safety are obeyed and followed.

    The most common work accidents include slipping and falling, electrocution, getting struck by objects, toxic events such as exposures to gases or chemicals, workplace violence and transportation accidents. Of course, the chances of each of these events taking place differ from one industry to the other, depending upon the nature of the business.

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    Fundamentally, it is possible to avoid almost every type of work accident if one is just careful enough. Logistically though, it becomes rather difficult to exercise a full measure of precautions on a continuous basis. Accidents happen because people usually do not do enough to prevent them, or because they become overconfident or complacent with a task for one of a variety of reasons.

    These acts of negligence, oversight, and complacency can usually be prevented in order to avoid most work accidents through measures such as:

    • Implementation and enforcement of health and safety precautionary measures at the workplace.

    • Regular checks to assess whether those measures are being exercised or not, and if anything can be done to improve upon them.

    • Training programs for all the employees at the organisation, teaching them about the various types of work accidents, how to avoid them, and what to do in case of an accident.

    • The development and implementation of a hazard communication program which encourages all employees to immediately report safety risks and potentially hazardous situations.

    • Sanitary facilities at the workplace to ensure hygienic work conditions, and the enforcement of cleanliness and tidiness.

    Avoiding work accidents is a rather complex and elaborate process that requires an effort from everyone involved. It needs an organisation to pro-actively recognise and assess various hazards, the implementation of effective control measures, and regular quality checks for reassessment.

    If, despite all the precautions, you have suffered from a work accident and feel eligible for a compensation claim, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to increase your chances of a successful claim.

    Date Published: January 5, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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