Fires & Explosions
Fires and explosions in the workplace can be caused by a multitude of risk factors, some of them include improper fitting of pipes, faulty gasworks or exposed flames. In the unfortunate event that a fire or explosion was to happen some of the injuries that could occur are of course burns and scolds but also damage to the lungs from inhalation of smoke or damaging chemicals. Explosions and fires account for 2.7% of all workplace accidents and although that percentage could be seen as minor, they also account for the highest casualty rate of all workplace accidents.
Educate your workforce a understanding on the risks surrounding the potential hazard.
Ensure all your workforce wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times.
Communicate a efficient evacuation plan so those at risk can be brought out of the situation as soon as possible.
Slips and Trips
Slips and trips are the most common incident to happen in the workplace mainly due to the fact there are trip and slip hazards in every work environment whether it be classrooms, factories or offices. Hazards can be created from loose mats, poor flooring, wet patches or a general lack of housekeeping. The most common types of injuries directly inflicted from slips and trips are head and back injuries, broken bones, cuts and lacerations and pulled muscles.
Cleaning during non-working hours to ensure floors aren’t left slippery and to move or remove potential trip hazards.
Look to invest in more adequate flooring for instance: anti slip flooring or carpets instead of wood or tile. If flooring is damaged or loose this could also be a potential risk factor, look at getting this replaced or repaired.
Make sure the lighting is adequate too, paths and stairways should be well lit and warning signs clearly displayed warning of steps or uneven flooring.
Transportation and Vehicle-Related Accidents
If you work around vehicles and large trucks or HGVs then there’s a risk of vehicle-related accidents. These can include being struck by a moving vehicle, being struck by objects falling from a vehicle, becoming crushed or stuck between or underneath a vehicle and even falling from the vehicle itself. These types of accidents are the most common in the agricultural or warehousing industries and because of the nature of the incidents are more often than not critical and even fatal.
Educate workers and drivers on safety precautions to take whilst driving or walking highly populated areas.
Ensure your workplace layout is the safest it can be, ensuring a clear separation between pedestrians and vehicles to eliminate the risk of them interacting.
Make sure warning signs of directions, speed limits and safety procedures are clear and visible
Muscle or Repetitive Stress Injuries
These sorts of injuries can be deemed less important and therefore end up becoming overlooked, this is wrong. Muscle disorders are the most costly work injuries. Complaints of bad back ache can costs employers an approximate £5.9 billion a year and be a direct cause of up to 100 million lost workdays! The sorts of injuries that one could occur are as follows: back injuries (could result in slipped disks which are regularly life changing), strains and pulls and also hand or finger injuries. These injuries can occur from lots of things, some of these include: improper lifting of heavy objects and also trying to manually lift too heavy items, no taking regular breaks to allow the body to rest and rejuvenate and even consistent typing and using your mouse can result in injuries to the hands and fingers.
Take regular breaks to allow the body to rest and rejuvenate.
Ensure you and your workforce and told the correct and proper way to lift heavy objects and what the suggested weight limit of lifting should be.
Make sure you take your time, don’t rush yourself and put yourself in danger.
Being Caught or Struck By Moving Machinery
Heavy or Light Machinery that is not efficiently guarded or protected can be a serious safety hazard. In the unfortunate event that a body part gets caught or struck by exposed moving parts the results can often be detrimental, life threatening and ultimately life changing. Some horrific injuries you could incur from these sorts of accidents include: crushed limbs, severed body parts, blindness, de-gloving of hands and arms, blindness and even death.
Make sure to double check every machine part that may incur a injury is safeguarded and protected and not faulty or broken in any way.
Ensure you and your staff have the proper training when operating machinery and effectively discipline and re-educate untrained staff that are seen using the machinery.
Purchase safety equipment relevant to the machinery and make sure it is not faulty and therefore unsuitable for use.