Ways to avoid an accident at work
Accidents in the workplace can be costly, both to the employee who may have to take time off work and the employer who could be liable for
compensation charges. There are many ways in which you as a worker or employer can take measures to ensure that your working environment is a
Firstly your workplace should have a health and safety officer and a policy that clearly states what measures should be taken to ensure that you don't
cause an accident but also so that you are aware of any potential safety issues in the workplace. Typically whenever a new employee starts at your
workplace then they should be briefed by the health and safety officer of all relevant information such as fire assembly points, who the dedicated first
aider is etc.
Second, this health and safety office should perform a risk assessment of the whole site, this means all possible areas of the workplace will be
assessed to determine if they are safe, testing electrical equipment and that all hazardous materials or areas are clearly marked out or labelled is
important too, in some industrial workplaces there may be chemicals or substances that can be harmful to anyone coming into contact with them.
Clear notices on what to do if you spill or come into contact with harmful substances is important as many incidents will need immediate treatment,
some sites will have specialist showers or wash stations which will obviously need to have their locations communicated to all workers should they
come into contact with harmful substances.
Thirdly, whether you are the employer or the employee you should be vigilant of any accidents waiting to happen, if there has been a spillage or a
trailing cable lying around then you need to either clean it up yourself or find some way to clearly indicate there are unseen dangers, this is normally
done with a "wet floor" or "slippery surface" warning sign. As long as the sign is clearly visible to anyone who may walk past and hopefully any issues
should be avoided.