Being a hotspot for agriculture, construction and industrial enterprises, South Wales has a relatively high number of accidents in the workplace. As such, we thought it prudent to offer some advice for those of you who work in a physical role in South Wales to help you stay safe at work and avoid minor and serious injury.
If you have sustained an injury at work already and wish to discuss a compensation claim South Wales with an advisor, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. We will go through your options and discover your eligibility.
- Follow health and safety
It goes without saying that all employees should follow the health and safety procedures put in place by employers. But how many of you work for a business that’s not too clear when it comes to health and safety, or a business that falls short on education? If you do, it’s a good idea for you to check out the ‘health and safety at work’ web page on the gov.uk website so that you understand the law as well as the basics of workplace health and safety.
- Don’t take risks
While health and safety sets out rules and guidelines for employers and employees, it can’t account for risk-taking. A lot of accidents in the workplace and compensation claim South Wales happen because a worker decides to try something they’re not trained to do or otherwise are inexperienced with. A typical example is manual lifting; a lot of lifting injuries could be avoided with correct risk assessment and by using lifting aides such as mechanical devices to lift heavy weights safely. If in doubt, never risk your safety – ask for help.
- Wear PPE
Personal protective equipment is essential for your health and safety. Depending on the industry you work in, PPE may include hard hats, eye goggles/visors, gloves, steel-toe-cap boots, aprons, overalls, respiratory protective equipment plus much more. Your employer has a duty of care to provide such equipment, although some may ask you to bring your own if you are not an ‘official employee’. Whatever the case, wear PPE whenever you are in doubt about safety. It could save your life and avoid a compensation claim South Wales.
- Report any incidents to your boss
The company you work for is legally obliged to record all accidents and incidents. If they do not, they are liable to prosecution. The law is RIDDOR and it requires that employers record work-related accidents which cause death, serious injuries, industrial diseases, and certain dangerous occurrences – incidents with the potential to cause harm. By reporting incidents, you will help your employer to make the working environment safer for yourself and others.