26 October 2021
5 Ways to Prevent Injuries In The Workplace
Here’s how you can help stop accidents from happening.
Workplace injuries can be devastating, not only for the person who is harmed, but also for the rest of the team taking on extra workload as well as the business.
While the chances of getting hurt at work varies depending on age, location, and industry, according to Safe Work Australia’s 2020 Key WH&S statistics a total of 114,435 serious workplace injury claims occurred between 2018-19.
But considering many people don’t report accidents on the job, the actual figures are likely much higher.
Reduce workplace injuries
As a business owner, the responsibility for creating a safe working environment falls on your shoulders. There are legal obligations you must comply with to ensure your workplace meets Workplace Health and Safety (WH&S) requirements.
Keep in mind it’s not just employees you need to protect, it’s also customers, visitors, contractors, volunteers and suppliers. Having reliable WH&S procedures in place can help:
maximise employee productivity,
minimise injury and illness in the workplace, and
reduce the costs of injury and workers’ compensation.
At the end of the day, prevention is key. To help reduce the risk of workplace injury, here are 5 things you can do to help prevent accidents from happening.
Reduce hazards with risk management
When you’re aware of the risks that pose a threat to your business and staff it becomes easier to identify how to stop them from happening in the first place. Analyse your workspace for hazards, understand the scope of potential harm that could occur, implement control measures to prevent possible threats, and regularly review these measures to ensure they’re working as planned
Implement an emergency plan
An emergency plan is a written set of instructions that outlines what workers and others at the workplace should do in an emergency.
It needs to cover:
Emergency procedures, including an effective response to an emergency.
Notifying emergency service organisations at the earliest opportunity.
Medical treatment and assistance.
Effective communication between the person authorised to coordinate the emergency response and all people at the workplace.
Testing of the emergency procedures—including the frequency of testing.
Information, training and instruction to relevant workers in relation to implementing the emergency procedures.
For more information on emergency plans and how to implement them, access Safe Work Australia’s Emergency Plan Fact Sheet here.
Report and review incidents
It’s just as important to report workplace injuries as it is to have a plan in place to prevent them from happening. Engage with your team and encourage everyone to report and document near misses and injuries – no matter how big or small they are. When hazards or workplace incidents are reported it gives you the power to respond and plan appropriately.
Get equipped with the right tools
Providing immediate and effective first aid to your team, or others who have had an accident or become ill at your workplace, could mean the difference between life or death. Depending on the type of business you run, you’ll need to make sure you have adequate first aid and safety equipment on hand, as well as first aid training for staff. Keep first aid kits close to areas where there is a higher risk of injury or illness, as well as inside work vehicles if workers are expected to travel as part of their job.
Promote workplace safety
Injuries while lifting or moving goods or equipment top the stats of workplace accidents, so always remind your staff to follow the risk management plan and to practice safe working habits. Promoting workplace safety is an ongoing process, and unfortunately accidents and injuries can happen.