The Health and Safety Executive reports that around 700 workplace injuries a year are due to being struck by an object. Of those 700, about 100 of those are considered as major injuries. Around 25% of fatalities in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries were due to being struck by a moving vehicle. Therefore, it is important that every workplace puts in measures to manage the risk.
Preventing a struck by injury starts before any work commences. This can be done by making sure that the following steps are completed:
Struck by injuries can be split in to five categories. Below are the five categories they can be split in to and tips on how to prevent each one from occurring:
Swinging/ slipping objects:
For workers that have suffered from a struck by injury, often the consequences can be life-changing. A speedy response from colleagues and the emergency services can make the difference between a minor injury and one that’s life-changing. Providing workers with a personal safety alarm can help to make sure they get the quick response they need. If a worker was to be struck by an object and knocked unconscious, then having one of our devices with Man Down will detect impact and raise an alarm if they fail to move. This alarm will then be received by our highly trained Controllers at our Alarm Receiving Centre who will follow your escalation procedures and get emergency assistance if necessary.
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