Unfortunately, little mistakes and the resulting accidents do happen sometimes. Most of the time, there are ways which we can help prevent these from happening, but even then some accidents still just manage to happen. Here are a few of the most common ones, and how to help prevent them;
Slips, Trips and Stumbles
In the off chance that an employee takes a fall in the workplace, it can commonly result in damage to their limbs, neck, back or head. In order to help prevent accidents like these, employers should ensure that the workspace flooring and it’s condition is suitable, cabling in the workspace is safely managed and that where appropriate, adequate hand railing or guard railing is installed properly.
Manual Handing Accidents
Manual handling covers any activities in the workplace that involve lifting, lowering, pushing or pulling, carrying, moving or even just holding objects. The type of injuries that result as malpractice of any of these things are commonly musculoskeletal afflictions to the back, though it’s also known that injuries to the hands, arms, feet and tendons also occur as a result of similar scenarios.
There are regulatory guidelines in place to help prevent these accidents from occurring; any carrying should not be over long distances, shouldn’t require any strenuous activity and shouldn’t involve a situation where load movement can be unpredictable, unstable or difficult to hold. Any heavy lifting should be doing with the proper equipment wherever possible.
It’s been known on occasion for employees to lose their life as a result of an electric shock in the workplace, and those workers aren’t limited to those who work with electricity as part of their job. To help prevent this, employers should ensure that all electrical equipment is kept in good condition and regularly safety tested by an appropriate regulatory body and that the staff using the electrical equipment are appropriately trained in its use.