Tips for Preventing Injury At Work
Slips and trips maybe seen by some as funny but they are in fact the very most common origin of major injuries at work. Over a third of all injuries reported each year is caused by slip or trip accidents. In fact slip or trip accidents account for:
20% of injuries where the employee is absent for over 3-days
33% of all reported major injuries
2 fatalities per year
50% of all reported accidents to members of the public
A cost of millions per year to employers in lost production and other costs
The highest rate of injuries occurs in the food and drink, repair of consumer items and vehicle sectors. However with almost all workplace injuries occur due to poor housekeeping, solutions to the problem are often simple and cost-effective.
Some of the top Insurance Brokers and experts in risk management have produced these top tips on how you can reduce your exposure to risk and with it your insurance premiums.
By having an effective management system in place the key areas of risk can easily be identified and goals can be set to make enhancements. This should include selecting equipment and work practices that contain slip and trip hazards and if possible prevent them occurring.
Get workers engaged in and committed to reducing risks. This should involve giving people responsibilities to ensure that areas of the workplace are kept safe and then making sure everyone is mindful who is responsible for each area.
Keep a record of cleaning and maintenance work and encourage good wellness and safety.
Monitor and Review
Keep an accident log and re-examine it on a regular basis to learn from incidents that have occurred.
Examine slip and trip risks
Many Health and Safety Executives recommend a 5 step approach to risk management when dealing with slip and trip risks and these are:
Step 1– Inspect for slip and trip hazards around the workplace (e.g., uneven floors, trailing cables, areas that are sometimes slippery due to spillages).
Step 2– Decide who might be harmed and how. Are the people who come into your workplace at risk?
Step 3– Consider the risks– do you already have precautions to deal with the risks?
Step 4– Record your findings if you have 5 or more employees.
Step 5– Regularly review the assessment. If any changes take place make sure that precautions are in place to deal with the risks.
When it comes to preventing slips, trips and falls, you really need to get conditions right from the start. This will make dealing with risks easier. This can include choosing the right flooring, making sure lighting levels are adequate, avoiding overcrowding and making sure access routes are clear. By doing this the chances of an accident occurring will be greatly reduced. Your exposure to risk will also reduce exponentially. And with certain insurance companies now offering substantial discounts for good health and safety many businesses could also save money on their Business Insurance premiums.