The most common risks in your workplace
One of the key parts of any risk assessment is to work out the likelihood of any hazard leading to an accident. There's no point in spending a huge amount of time safeguarding your employees against burns, for example, when the likelihood of that actually happening is next to zero.
As such, it is a good idea to think about which of the risks your workers might encounter in their job is the most likely to happen. That way you can make sure your efforts are directed towards protecting against the most likely incidents, rather than waste time on something obscure.
No matter what industry you work in, the most common accident is likely to be the same: a slip, a trip or a fall. These are the most common causes of injury in the UK workplace, and it is easy to see why.
Most of the dangers in the workplace lead to a great deal of training. Industrial machinery, for example, should never be used except by people who are well-versed in how to do so safely, so accidents are relatively rare. However, nobody is ever trained in how to walk without slipping, and even if they were it probably wouldn't do any good.
Tripping over might not seem like that bad an accident, but falls from height can be fatal and if an employee is carrying something heavy, hot or sharp then a slip can easily lead to injury. However, falls are not the only common cause of injury.
If you work in a warehouse, for example, manual handling and lifting injuries are probably going to be very common. Equally, a construction firm has a much greater likelihood of seeing electrical injuries than most businesses.
The most important thing to bear in mind is that you need to work out the most dangerous element of your specific workplace. Think of the challenges and risks your employees will face each day and guard against the most likely. That way your workplace can remain safe, and you won't have wasted any of your time.
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