Planning can avert work accidents
IN the workplace there are many accidents waiting to happen.
In most cases, with the right preparation and tools, workplace injuries can be prevented.
Interact Injury Management rehabilitation consultant Panda Nove said slips and trips were among the most common workplace injuries.
“Accidents will always happen no matter what we do, but we can still take steps to prevent them,” Ms Nove said.
“Occupational health and safety is a lot more developed now and people have more access to information.
“It is important for people to have the right safety information. For example, if people don’t know how to lift then they don’t know how to protect themselves.”
Ms Nove said office workers could sometimes have a false sense of security and believed just because they did not work outside with hazardous materials, they were not as likely to be injured.
“People who work in more dangerous situations are very aware of this, and as a result they take a lot of safety precautions and are very aware of their environment,” Ms Nove said.
“It is important to know that even if you work in an office you can still have a workplace-related injury.
“You have just as much chance of injuring yourself picking up a pen as you do moving a bed.”
In order to have a safer work space, Ms Nove said workers should be aware of their surroundings.
“Remove any boxes or books on the desk or floor which could cause injury or cause somebody to trip,” Ms Nove said.
“Be aware of electrical wires or outlets that could be dangerous and always lift items correctly using your knees.
“Be aware of your mental health at work; take a break and a walk to ease your stress.”
Be aware of heights and have a safety rescue plan in place
Workplace Health and Safety regulations can vary widely state to state so ensure your workplace is following your state’s guidelines
It is important to ensure a member of both sexes has a senior first-aid certificate
Have a concrete action plan for as many potential accidents as possible