What to do in the event of a workplace accident?

13/03/20

As an employer, it is your responsibility to report work-related accidents. These include death, disease, major injuries such as a broken leg or neck, serious incidents like the collapse of scaffolding, and injuries that stop employees from doing work for three or more days.

All injuries – including minor injuries – should be recorded by the company. It is compulsory for every business to have an accident book. It is mostly for the benefit of employees, who can use this record to pursue compensation, but as an employer you should periodically review the entries and take affirmative action to ensure future accidents do not happen. 

Accidents tend to be related to five common safety hazards, including poor housekeeping, the inappropriate use of extension cords, exposure to hazardous chemicals, physical hazards and biological hazards. Some of these are industry specific but the same need for care and constant vigilance is required for all of them. Ask yourself questions that uncover the hidden dangers in your workplace:

  • Do your employees travel a lot or work out of hours? 

  • Are all walkways free of obstacles and liquid? 

  • Have accidents happened before and were they properly addressed? 


More questions, along with the appropriate health and safety response, can be found in our guide, The Ultimate First Aid Guide

In order to prevent future issues, Aero recommends that all new employees are made aware of common hazards and are given training on standardised safety protocols. Once the training is complete, hold regular checkups and monitor employees to ensure the rules are being adhered to. In higher risk situations, make sure that personal protective equipment is allocated to employees, where needed. This is especially important in dangerous, heavy-industry jobs such as construction work and mining. In addition, ensure that all equipment is being used correctly. 

You must also provide occupational health support to employees to enable them to manage any stress or mental health issues that may arise. Finally, ensure your workplace provides the right level of first aid supplies, and that all first aid supplies meet the minimum required standards. For more information on workplace first aid, download our guide – The Ultimate First Aid Guide.


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