In 2017/2018 there were 555,000 injuries that occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey. This led to around 30.7 million working days being lost – leading to a price of £15 billion to cover the cost of injuries and ill health in the workplace.
Statistics show that there is work to do to prevent and reduce common workplace injuries. For the remainder of this post, I will be asking and answering several questions such as what is the cost of an injury and what can be done to prevent injuries.
What are the most common injuries?
Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of injury in the workplace. The causes of these types of injuries can be wet/oily surfaces, poor lighting or uncovered cables. Now that you know the most common type of injury how many more could you name? In most studies, muscle strains come in at number two typically from workers not following proper lifting techniques or receiving proper and thorough training. Sitting in third place is falling objects. This injury is a lot more common than one would typically think with injuries of this nature not just occurring on building sites or warehouses. Objects falling from shelves or out of cupboards can be very dangerous, especially if the individual is not aware of the falling object.
If you are injured at work, your employer must take certain steps. Let’s say there was a accident at work, your employer would have to report this to the HSE then carry out a risk assessment to ensure that the incident will not happen again. Depending on the nature of the accident your employer may be required to pay you statutory sick pay.
So, what can be done to prevent injuries?
There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of a workplace injury. First of all, educating and training employees on the dangers of their workplace and how to avoid these risks is integral to maintaining vigilance whilst on the job. To further enforce this having a supervisor monitoring health and safety on the job as well as enforcing the rules can reduce accidents in the workplace.
On top of this having health and safety reviews can update policy and/or procedure in a positive way. Whilst doing this you can also review common injuries to make sure that there isn’t a continuous hazard in the workplace.
You can also employ Health Surveillance and Occupational Health services to prevent and care for those in your company. Health Surveillance is a system of ongoing health checks that may be lawfully required depending on certain factors that a worker’s job is around. It also helps to stop and prevent work related injuries and illnesses before they get to a worse state. Using a Occupational Health service provides the care for employees to help get them happy and healthy again.
That is why services like Metro and Virgin Money come to NPH. We understand that to a extent nobody is able to completely stop work related illnesses and injuries and this is why we strive to offer the highest quality of support and care for anyone who comes through our doors. If you would like to see what services we provide then please visit https://www.newcastlepremierhealth.com/.