Top ten ways to avoid an accident or injury at work
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we help many clients to get compensation in Purbeck for injuries that happened at work. But in an ideal world, these injuries wouldn’t happen at all. Here’s a list of ten ways to avoid accidents at your office – keep yourself and your colleagues safe.
- Keep stairways clear
If you have to go up and downstairs at work, never put stacks of paperwork on the stairs, or any other objects. People can easily trip on these, and have a nasty tumble downstairs.
- Keep your staff kitchen tidy
And wash up as you go. It’s much easy to stay safe in a tidy kitchen, and always mop up any spilled water, as it’s easy to slip on puddles of water.
- Keep corridors clear
For the same reason as keeping your stairs clear – it’s easier for people to pass by that way and not stumble on stray objects.
- Use cable tidies and don’t have cables running across large stretches of the office
Keep all cables for computers, printers etc, safely stored and if there’s a not of them, clip them together with cable tidies. A tangle of wires could, in the worst case scenario, cause a fire, and it’s really easy for people to trip on cables.
- Store supplies sensibly
Your stationery cupboard should have plenty of shelves, for supplies to be stacked neatly. Don’t put heavy items on high shelves and always use a ladder if you can’t easily reach anything.
- Make sure fire equipment is installed and up to date
This is one for the boss – check what kind of fire extinguishers and fire blankets you need and make sure they’re in the right places.
- Train in first aid
To be super safe, it’s useful if you have some first aid training. That way you understand what to do in the first instance in the case of any accidents, and can help your co-workers if anything goes wrong.
- Keep a first aid kit ready in the office
The kitchen is usually a good place for it. That way you can deal with minor cuts, burns, sprains and strains on the spot.
- Learn how to pick things up properly
Always pick up heavy boxes by bending your knees, not your back, and that way you’ll avoid back injuries.
- Finally, stay alert
Keep your eyes open for potential trip hazards as you walk around, and always use the right tool for a job – fetch a stepladder to get things from high shelves, never carry more than you can manage, use a tray if you need to.
If you follow these simple rules, you’ll avoid needing to call us for compensation in Purbeck. But if things have gone wrong, and you need to make a claim for compensation in Purbeck, call Accident Advice Helpline.
The number to call is 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 20th July 2014
Author: David Brown