The personal protective equipment (PPE) you use at work isn’t simply there to make you and your team look good. Nor is it just a box ticking exercise. It is there to protect you from the risks that you face in whatever job you do.
Inevitably, accidents do happen in the workplace, and sometimes these result in injury to the worker. What are the most common accidents and injuries at work?
These can happen anywhere, at any time. The most common muscle strain comes from heavy lifting. Poor lifting technique, a lack of appropriate lifting equipment or failure to prepare for the lift could all result in injury. Essential Safety Wear offer a great online manual handling course to help you and your team avoid these types of injuries.
Being Struck By Falling Objects
Building sites and warehouses with tall shelving are naturally susceptible to these types of accidents. They can happen anywhere though, heavy objects stored on top of filing cabinets in an office present just as much risk. Whatever the work environment, risk is everywhere. Check out our handy guide to managing risk in the workplace.
Cuts and Abrasions
Another injury which could happen in any environment. A paper cut can be both serious and extremely painful. These types of injuries tend to occur due to a lack of training, inappropriate (or missing) safety equipment and clothing or lacking and out of date risk assessments. Workplaces should be constantly monitored for sharp edges and dangerous surfaces.
Exposure To Toxic Fumes And Substances
Every potentially harmful product used in anywork workplace should be accompanied by a COSHH (control of substances harmful to health) data sheet. This gives the workforce the information they need to protect themselves from risks the substance may present. Ensuring that all PPE is right for the job should avoid workers being exposed to dangerous materials.
Slips, Trips And Falls
Any health and safety course will tell you that these are the most common accidents in any workplace. Nearly all of these types of accidents can be avoided by good housekeeping. Control of rubbish, keeping floors free of debris, maintenance of access equipment (such as steps and ladders) and, of course, issuing all of the correct safety equipment and clothing. Safety footwear is the most common form of protection – a good anti-slip sole could save a worker from serious injury.
Crashes And Collisions
Workplaces are full of moving people, equipment and vehicles. Visitors to any site, in any industry, need to be aware of health and safety procedures specific to your workplace. As with most accidents and injuries, the cause is often a lack of training, risk assessments, equipment, PPE or simply workers not using the equipment provided.
Essential Safety Wear can offer all of the uniform, safetywear and other PPE as well as training, signage and advice to keep your whole workplace safe.
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