Everyone should go to work in the knowledge that they will return home safely, but sadly this isn’t always the case.
According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics, in the business year 2016/17, 609,000 non-fatal injuries were reported by workers. Almost 30 per cent of these caused the injured worker to miss over a week of work. However, with good health and safety practices in place most workplace injuries can be prevented.
Below, we take you through the most common types of workplace injuries according to the HSE, and discuss what measures workers and employees can take to prevent them.
A slip, trip or fall
The HSE states that 29 per cent of non-fatal injuries to employees involve someone slipping, tripping or falling over objects.
It ought to be standard practice in any workspace to keep walkways clear and any potential trip hazards tucked away safely. It is also important to make sure slippery surfaces are dealt with as soon as possible, and whilst they remain hazardous there is a sign up to warn people of the danger.
These measures may sound simple common sense, but simple measures can prevent a serious injury at work. Regular and accessible staff training can help to make sure health and safety measures don’t get ignored.
Lifting or handling objects
Between 2014/15 and 2016/17, more than 100,000 workers were injured whilst handling or lifting objects, according to the HSE.
Providing workers with basic training on how to lift heavy items properly and encouraging them to think and talk to others before they attempt to do so – simple risk assessment – will go a long way in reducing the risk of needless injury. If lifting heavy objects is potentially a regular part of a job, then employers should be looking to make appropriate lifting equipment available.
Struck by object
Falling objects in any workplace can be a major hazard. Again, common sense and implementing best practice can go a long way to protect people from getting hurt. Teaching members of staff the importance of and how to put objects away correctly and making sure they are properly secured, will limit the risk of workplace accidents from falling objects.
Contact with machinery
Large, heavy machinery can be dangerous and can cause injuries if those using them haven’t received adequate training or are expected to work in poor conditions.
Employers are under a legal obligation to make sure their employees are properly trained to use work equipment and are provided with the correct tools and protective equipment to carry out their job safely.
Health and Safety is not a burden. The simple steps outlined above can go a long way to making sure that everyone is able to work in a safe environment without fear of injury.
Author Bio: For almost 100 years, Thompsons Solicitors has helped injured people to secure hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation. Our team of committed, compassionate personal injury specialists have decades of experience running, and winning, accident at work claims for employees across the UK.