Health and Safety at work should never be seen as a tick-box exercise. Every worker has the right to go to work in the knowledge that they will return home safely. Sadly, this is not always the case.
Over the course of 2016/17, there were 609,000 non-fatal injuries to workers, according to self-reports from the Labour Force Survey. Almost 30% of these injuries resulted in a week of absence from work. Not all of these accidents occurred in a high-risk, industrial environment, such as a factory - many of these workplace accidents took place in offices and almost all of them could have been prevented.
How to reduce the risk of a workplace accident in the office
Most of the time, these injuries can easily be prevented if employers followed good practice and put procedures in place to protect their employees at work. Employees can also avoid workplace accidents by eliminating any risks of an accident around their workstations and following the health and safety guidelines provided.