Did you know that there’s usually an increase in work accidents across Northern Ireland during the winter? It’s cold and icy this time of year. Even the most cautious individuals can unfortunately get involved in an accident.
In our latest blog, we explore the most common work accidents and how best to avoid them.
1. Slips and falls
It is very common to slip on icy surfaces during the winter. It’s an accident that can easily happen, and it may result in an assortment of injuries, including sprains and broken bones. Black ice in particular can be dangerous as it’s difficult to see. When this sort of ice is paired with darker conditions, it can be a recipe for disaster.
Wearing appropriate footwear at work can provide you some much-needed grip and protection against these sorts of accidents. It is also important not to rush or take shortcuts when there could be water or ice on the floor. Better to do the task more slowly and avoid a possible accident.
2. Falls from ladders
Wet and icy ladders are unfortunately linked to an increase in injuries across Northern Ireland. A single slippery step can lead to disaster. Falling from a height can lead to serious injuries, including broken bones and brain injury.
It’s always best to take precautions to avoid falling off a ladder in the winter. Using a safety harness where feasible may help. Additionally, ensuring that the ladder is dry and securely placed before climbing on it will have a significant impact on your safety.
3. Work vehicle collisions
It shouldn’t be surprising that there’s typically an increase in car accidents on roads during the winter. Icy roads are a key culprit, but inadequate removal of snow off company vehicles can also significantly increase your chances of getting involved in an accident.
In order to avoid an unnecessary accident, make sure to remove any ice and snow off your vehicle. Additionally, try to drive more slowly and make sure to leave plenty of room between yourself and the car ahead of you.
If you were injured at work this winter, contact the best rated personal injury solicitors in Northern Ireland. Learn how we can help or reach out to us today.