Avoiding Common Accidents in the Workplace

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Avoiding Common Accidents in the Workplace

Workplace accidents are an unfortunate reality in hundreds of working environments across the country. Indeed, 123 workers have been killed in work-related accidents over the last 12 months, with 30 taking place in the construction sector alone.

Of course, regular training and adequate protective equipment are essential when it comes to preventing such accidents. But it’s also important to be aware of the most common workplace hazards and how you can mitigate risk.

Avoiding Common Accidents in the Workplace

Slips, trips, and falls

Avoiding Common Accidents in the Workplace - Slips, trips, and falls

Whether you work in a factory, an office or a retail store, slips, trips and falls are going to occur at some point. This is particularly problematic in work environments where staff are working at height. To prevent slips, ensure you always make it 100% clear when surfaces might be compromised. Invest money in risk assessment measures to keep surfaces dry such as using rain mats at entrances and exits. Also, reassess your systems regularly as few workplaces will remain unchanged as the seasons shift.

Being hit by falling objects

In construction, falling objects are always going to be common. That’s why it’s vital for those working in certain sectors to invest in protective clothing. This includes everything from hard hats to hi-vis clothing so they can be seen at night. You should also ensure that there is adequate storage so nothing is left hanging around that could potentially be a hazard. Employees should, of course, also be trained to put items away when not in use.

Muscle injury and repetitive strain

Muscle injury and repetitive strain

RSI (repetitive strain injury) has always been a blight on workplaces. It can impact not only those working in construction but also those working in offices 9 hours a day. Any repetitive motion can have a negative cumulative effect the longer time goes on. The best way to prevent this is to remind workers to take occasional breaks and use preventative measures to alleviate the strain. This could be anything from investing in comfortable keyboards to more ergonomic IT equipment.

Exposure to harmful substances

If you work around toxic chemicals then you could be at serious risk of exposing yourself to skin or eye irritation. In these situations, proper safety goggles and protective clothing should be mandatory. You might also work in an environment where toxic fumes are being generated and that will require ventilators and facial coverings to be provided, as standard.

Vehicle accidents

Vehicle accidents

In warehouse work particularly, vehicles can often be the cause of some serious accidents from crashes, collisions or impact injuries. Employers must ensure that vehicles are regularly inspected and equipped with adequate safety equipment such as seatbelts, dashcams and first aid kits. Also, ensure that all vehicles are regularly inspected and given the maintenance they require.