Health and safety statistics show that between 2014 and 2015, there was over 1.2 million people suffering from a work related illness or injury. There was around 27 million working days lost due to these illnesses and injuries.
Statistics also show us that 142 people work killed in this period as a direct consequence of a work related accident, whilst a staggering 611,000 employee injuries were recorded overall.
This shows us that more needs to be done to protect employees at work. Preventing workplace accidents and injuries should be essential. It doesn’t just keep your staff safe; it can prevent a lot of money from being lost.
It doesn’t matter what industry you work in; accidents can happen. By identifying potential problems, you could easily reduce the amount of accidents that occur in your workplace.
Carry Out a Health & Safety Risk Assessment
All businesses are required to carry out a health and safety risk assessment. This isn’t optional; it’s something is essential to any company with more than 5 members of staff. This means taking the time to consider all the potential hazards within the workplace; identify the areas in which accidents are more likely to occur. A written record should be kept with details of the risk assessment and how you plan to prevent them.
It’s important to cultivate safety standards within the workplace that everyone should attempt to stick to. To do this, you need to frequently educate employees on health and safety prevention methods. By showing your employees that you care about their safety and find it important, you’ll be encouraging them to do the same. A health and safety policy should be included in every induction handbook, as well as be available to read at any time.
One of the most common accidents in the workplace is through slipping or falling over something that has been left on the floor. HSE actually refers to slips and falls as accounting for “more than a third” of workplace accidents. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are often the most preventable. Avoidable dangers like wet floors and loose cables are often the cause of slips and falls. By repairing and mopping up these potential risks as quickly as possible, you’re effectively reducing the chance of an accident happening.
Provide Safety Equipment
Appropriate safety equipment should be provided when necessary; employees should understand the importance of using these. For example, it’s important to provide the correct equipment to assist staff who move heavy loads on a regular basis. Regular loading and unloading requires staff to wear a back brace, which will reduce the chance of them straining their backs.
If you’re someone who has been affected by an accident in the workplace that could have easily been avoided, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. AYB Law has a fantastic success rate when it comes to accident at work claims; we try our best to get you what you deserve.
Give us a call on 0800 0443 495 and we will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.