Every year in the UK, hundreds of thousands of people suffer avoidable accidents – many of which result in an injury. In a minority of cases, these injuries can be debilitating in the long term. But even if they aren’t, it’s still worth taking simple steps to limit the damage.
Let’s look at a few of the places where accidents might occur, and see what measures we might take to prevent them.
In The Workplace
According to the Health and Safety Executive, 64,427 workplace injuries were reported under RIDDOR in 2019/20. The overall cost of injuries and ill health stemming from working conditions, moreover, was £16.2 billion.
Having a system for reporting accidents in place allows employers to identify points of weakness and address them. As with everything else in business, it’s possible for mistakes to occur – but if they’re repeated, it’s a sign of systemic failure. In this instance, the failure can lead to avoidable pain and suffering which might lead to legal repercussions. Personal injury solicitors are able to take action on behalf of workers who’ve suffered an injury in these circumstances.
The most sophisticated piece of safety equipment in any workplace is the human brain. Training workers to be able to identify potential causes of accidents ahead of time, and inculcating the right procedures, will help them to avoid accidents themselves. The sight of a trailing cable, for example, should provoke pangs of outrage in any sufficiently-trained worker.
Road safety statistics reveal that around five people die on British roads every day. While the pandemic might have limited this figure, it’s still worth taking steps to guard against the problem.
Making sure that your vehicle is roadworthy will limit the likelihood of an accident. Inflating tyres, and regularly checking the tread depth, will ensure that your vehicle can grip the road sufficiently. Among the biggest determiners of the severity of an accident is the speed at which the vehicles were travelling. Braking distances increase exponentially the faster you’re travelling – so keep your speed down.
You might hear it said that a majority of accidents occur in the home – but that’s only to be expected, since we spend the majority of our time at home. The kitchen is where safety-consciousness should be paramount. Invest in a fire-extinguisher and make sure that your smoke alarms work. Don’t leave stoves unattended, especially if there are children or pets in the household. Any potentially dangerous tools you have should be stored somewhere out of reach. As in the workplace, forming the right habits can make your home safer than it would otherwise be.
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