Coldstream in Scotland is famous for many things. This is where the iconic Coldstream Guards are based. It’s also where King Edward I of England invaded in 1296. What it isn’t known for is its workplace accidents – but that doesn’t mean they don’t and won’t happen, and if you are looking for injury lawyers in Coldstream, you should know who to contact. Accident Advice Helpline covers every kind of accident and works in partnership with some of the best injury lawyers in Scotland.
What are the different kinds of workplace accidents that might mean you need injury lawyers in Coldstream or ones based elsewhere in Scotland? We list the five most common.
Repetitive motion or repetitive strain injuries are extremely common in the workplace and they build slowly over time. This means that by the time a person realises there is a problem, it can sometimes be too late to prevent or reverse the injury. Activities that can cause these injuries include typing, computer work in general and the use of machinery. In order to ensure that these problems don’t occur, employers should check that their employees are taking sufficient breaks and not spending too long on any one activity.
Although not every workplace has machines that can cause problems like this, in the workplaces that do, they can cause serious injuries. Those workplaces are mostly factories or manufacturing plants – if a body part such as a finger or hair, or even a piece of clothing becomes caught in the machine, the resulting injuries can be life changing – or even fatal. Protective clothing should always be worn and the machines should have an emergency stop switch.
Vehicle accidents can happen in the workplace as well as out on the road. They include accidents involving forklift trucks, lorries, motorcycles and cars. Everyone who uses a company vehicle must have the right kind of driving licence and insurance. Training on specific vehicles should also be given if required.
Falling object injuries occur when items are dropped by another person or fall from a shelf, for example. The worst injuries caused by falling objects are head injuries and these can range from causing a headache to causing death – and everything in between.
A health and safety risk assessment will enable an employer to see just how dangerous various spots within the workplace can be. Rules need to be put in place to ensure that everyone is aware of the dangers and what to do about them. PPE (personal protective equipment) is also essential.
Slips, trips and falls
Wet floors, slippery surfaces and trip hazards, such as cords and computer wires, are all workplace hazards that affect people every day. Employees need to carefully assess their workplace and pay good attention to what is happening around them. Slip, trip and fall hazards must be dealt with quickly and safely.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline’s 15 years in the personal injury sector means that we can help you find the right injury lawyers for your claim. This may not necessarily be a firm of injury lawyers in Coldstream but, as we only work with the most trusted and experienced legal firms in Scotland, you can be sure that whoever takes on your case, it will be in safe hands.
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