5 Common Workplace Accidents and How To Prevent Them!
Slips, Trips and Falls
These have the risk of being able to happen in almost any environment. The Health and Safety (HSE) have reported that every year there are thousands of workers that gain injuries that are from a slip, trip or fall and that’s not just on a building site, these injuries can take place in Office environments too. They have said that most of the injuries could have been avoided by managing the working areas, such as stairwells and footpaths.
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Material and Manual Handling
There must be adequate training provided if the employee is to use lifting equipment. When they have completed the training they must have a test and must pass the test, this is to ensure they going to lift the material safely.
The employer of the business has the responsibility to carry out a noise risk assessment and they must provide the appropriate personal protection equipment if it is necessary.
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Reducing risks should always be the priority, workers must always: avoid working too close to the moving object, be vigilant of your surroundings, most importantly if the object does not have lights or beepers, and always wear personal protection equipment, for example a high visibility jacket, especially on a building site environment, this will ensure they are able to be seen.
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Working at Heights
Working at a height there are many risks, The Health and Safety (HSE) found that in 2015/16 “just over a quarter of worker fatalities were from a height, this put working at a height as the most common cause of fatal injuries to workers”. Working at a height must be properly planned and it should be supervised, certain approaches and precautions have to be adopted.