Accidents in the workplace have always taken place, but it is only in recent years with statistics being collected more thoroughly that we can really appreciate the sheer numbers of accidents over the years, including those who have lost their lives after a fatality in work.
The statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on fatalities at work for 2015/2016 show that 144 workers were killed after an accident at work. This is lower than the average for the five years previous (which stands at 155) but it is still a startling number.
No one wants to be a statistic and in order to stay safe in the workplace it is important to adhere to company policy but also be aware of the things you can do individually to stay safe and avoid an accident at work. If you do happen to have an accident at work and you are based in Lancashire, then you could seek out employment solicitors in Morecambe to seek expert advice.
Ask Questions and Make Observations
No matter the type of occupation you are in there will be health and safety hazards present. One of the things you can do to ensure that you are improving the safety of your own space and for the collective is to always ask questions of your supervisors. Ask them to check on your progress and if you are doing things in the correct and safe manner, if you’re unsure, always ask for help. Another thing you can do is to make observations and point out whenever you think a task that you’ve been asked to perform is too dangerous for you to undertake without assistance or further supervision.
Be Attentive During Training and Keep Up to Date
Every workplace worth its salt will provide health and safety training, firstly at your induction to cover the basics and then at periods throughout your employment as refreshers, especially if you are performing specialist tasks. You can ensure you keep up-to-date with all health and safety regulations relating to your industry and your specific job role in order to stay safe at work, and also go to your employers with specific courses you have seen that will improve your own safety.
Follow Safety Procedures at All Times
This point should go without saying but it isn’t always the case. Quite often accidents at work take place because of a seemingly innocuous safety policy being disregarded. As a way of ensuring your own personal safety and that of those around you, always adhere to company health and safety policy. If this includes wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), always follow this to the letter.
Hazard Prevention and Awareness
If you follow all the rules within your own personal space it is easier to have a complete understanding of the safety of others as a result. Your training and induction in the workplace will prepare you so much, after that it is important to constantly evaluate your safety awareness, as well as keeping an eye on colleagues to advise them in situations you have already been in.
Over the past 20 years there has been a decline in the number of fatalities at work recorded, and although this figure seems to be levelling off and not declining further, it is a huge indicator at how efficient health and safety awareness in the workplace has become. Accidents do continue to happen however, and there are still cases where workers are left in danger due to hazards being left in place by employers. It always pays to be aware of your work surroundings.2016-10-22
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