Annually, there are around 3 million injuries caused by accidents in the workplace. This article highlights accidents in a workplace and addresses the best ways to minimise risk.
Workplace accidents can result in injuries, such as lacerations or bruises. In some cases, death may be a direct result of a work place accident. Personal Protective Equipment, otherwise known as PPE, can help protect against risks in a workplace. Specialist PPE is designed to prevent injuries against certain areas, such as the eyes, ears, head, skin, body and more. This protective suite of equipment can range from hard hats to respirators. By law, you are required to wear PPE where ever there is a health and safety risk present.
Some accidents in the workplace are caused by 'taking shortcuts'. Taking a faster approach, to work, may not always be the safest. It could be faster to finish a job without equipping a hard hat, however its this type of attitude that causes accidents and puts others at risk. It is NEVER acceptable to take a shortcut if it poses a risk to health and safety. There have been a number of recorded deaths and injuries arise due to negligence.
When operating machinery, it is vital to take the safest approach, not the fastest.
Lack of housekeeping
A tidy work environment is a safe one. Keep your work environment clutter free and organised. This makes work safer as it minimises risk of obstructions and falls. Not only that, studies show that a tidy workplace improves working attitude and demotes laziness. Decreased levels of laziness minimise the chance of workers cutting corners.
A tidy work environment enhances efficiency, which gives even more reason to keep work spotless.
Overconfidence is never a good trait when it puts others at risk. Procedures are put in place for a reason and confidence in your ability should not override this. Some accidents occur when people feel they are too skilled and therefore cannot hurt themselves or others. No matter the skill level or experience, no one is above health and safety regulations.
Lack of preparation
Before any work is undertaken, it is vital to make preparations. This ensures the environment is safe and that instructions are clear from the beginning. Risk assessments can determine which PPE is required for the job in hand. Precise briefing keeps the team informed, which can increase safety and efficiency. For example, if there are live wires on a site, a brief would inform you of the issues and therefore make you aware of any potential risks in the environment.
Mental distractions and fatigue
An absent mind can lead to absent actions, it is important to be fully focused on the task at hand. If you allow your mind to wander to personal issues, it may cloud your thought process. This cloud of thought could put yourself and others at risk, especially when operating machinery.
Fatigue is a big cause of injury in the workplace. When a person is tired or fatigued, they lose the ability to concentrate or perform work to the best of their ability. This can be dangerous given the environment. Remember you could be putting others at risk if you feel mentally distracted or fatigued.
As highlighted in this article, many accidents in the workplace can be prevented given safety protocols are met. Be sure to keep safe and prepared at work.