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Latest figures show that accidents on building sites, in factories and in workshops account for the most work related injuries in Britain. With these figures being released, we take a look at how to deal with accidents in the workplace.

It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that every single individual within the business is protected and that all risks are outlined to staff for compliance of health and safety regulations. It is also very important to report any incidents under current business regulations. Other responsibilities that a manager would have to undertake are paying out statutory or contractual sick pay in line with the entitlement of the individual that has been involved in the accident; and they may also be required to allow you to have time off if the matter is more serious.

The most recent figures of workplace injuries show that workers involved in manufacturing account for one in five of every single fatal incident at work. A quarter of all accidents in the workplace in the UK are fatal and 16% are classed as a serious injury. It has also been revealed that that most common type of injury at work is back injury. This can be down to loading and unloading vehicles and carrying heavy materials.

Who is responsible?

It is paramount for all employers to carry out risk assessments within any business environment so that the lives of staff and visitors are safe when they enter the building. They must also ensure that there are allocated staff with first aid knowledge that have access to first aid kits situated around the office.

Reporting an accident 

All serious work-related accidents must be reported by an employer. This also includes diseases and dangerous incidents that may affect other people. You must submit all reports to the Health and Safety department of your local authority. The types of incidents that should be reported are as follows:

  • Major injuries such as a broken leg or neck
  • Death
  • Serious incidents like scaffolding collapsing, someone falling from a great height and gas leaks where individuals have been affected
  • Disease
  • Any sort of injury that stops the employee being able to do their usual job for a period longer than three days

Recording an accident 

If there has been an incident in the workplace, this must be reported in all instances including minor injuries. These incidents are to be recorded in an accident book that is provided by the employer. Keeping an accident book within the place of business is important and all companies must ensure they have one and ensure that all staff know the exact place in which it can be located.

Having an accident book is benefiting employees as it can provide a helpful timeline and record of any accident that may have happened over the past few years. This comes in handy if there is a compensation claim in the future or if an employee requires any time away from work. This also helps to keep tabs on what is happening within the business and evaluate how steps can be taken to prevent events happening like this again.

The main points that you must take note of to cope in the event of an accident, are the following:

  • Record the accident or injury in the accident book. If you are unable to do this, ask a colleague to do this for you
  • Ensure that your employer has reported this incident to the Health and Safety Executive within your local authority
  • Consult your employment contract to make sure that you are aware of the requirements for sick pay
  • Point out any health and safety problems to your employers and ask them to deal with them immediately

How to claim sick pay

If you need to take time off work as a result of an injury or accident at work then you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. Each business is different, however, many employers have systems in which they may choose to pay a little bit extra depending on the type of incident and how bad the injury is.

To try and reduce the amount of accidents in the workplace ensure the correct safety warning signs are in place to warn of potential dangers and safety procedures. For a full range of safety labels visit our website.

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