How to avoid accidents at work

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Accidents can transpire at any time to anyone. However, it is good to keep yourself safe and avoid any accident that may be as a result of our negligence. Below are simple tips that will assist in reducing accident in workplaces:

First, always be alert and especially of you deal with hazardous activities in your job. Wear safety equipment required to keep you safe as you conduct your daily activities. The management is responsible for providing the workers with the right attire for dealing with hazardous activities.

Report any faulty equipment to the responsible authorities. As you use machinery ensure that you take really good care of it.  Clean then, oil them and dust them as often as possible. The machinery should often be serviced and any defaults dealt with. In case there is a machine that has faults, employees should avoid working with them until they get repaired.

It is also crucial to educate the employees about safety in the workplace. They should have enough training on how to handle different machines at a workplace and how they can avoid accidents in the workplace. There should be different posters reminding the employees on the risk involved in handling some equipment and exactly how to handle them. The building should follow all the office safety regulations.

The employers are also responsible for promoting awareness about safety in the workplace. They can also develop the culture in the organization of rewarding the best employee by safety.

It is important for an employee to take measures not only to keep themselves safe but also not to impose a risk on another party. Always think of some possible precautions that may occur when dealing with equipment. It is better to prevent an accident rather than to heal injuries. Take enough precautions and avoid any mishaps that can be avoided.

If you have had an accident at work in Dublin. Please call McSweeney Solicitors today.

Are Mobile Apps Leading To More Road Traffic Accidents?

With an increase in road safety laws throughout the world with regards to mobile phone use at the wheel, it’s easy to see why people have started asking ‘Are mobile apps leading to more road traffic accidents?’. With reports of this behaviour first coming to light around 2015 and gaining in popularity ever since it’s hard to imagine that today the issue has gone away. Now, this is not to say that all road traffic incidents are due to Margery who works in the local Tesco playing Candy Crush on her way home, of course we’re not alluding to that. We’re simply putting the suggestion out that that when you’re using your google maps app for directions, changing your spotify song or trying to get the annoying bluetooth to actually sync to your car; you could potentially be putting yourself in extreme danger.

The Stats

From 2015 to 2016 there was a 10.4% leap in the number of highway traffic incidents within the first 6 months of the year, scary, right? In a bid to eliminate roadside fatalities the Department of Transportation issued a refined bill in late 2016 with the goal of combatting road traffic accidents. However, this “Road to Zero” strategy has not been as effective as they had hoped, with most fatalities still being in occurrence with mobile phone use behind the wheel.

What to do if you’ve been hit?

Now, we’re not fools. We know that you’ll probably still use mobile phone apps whilst travelling in your car whether it be for leisure or sheer necessity. But what are you supposed to do if you are actually caught up in a road traffic accident because of it? Personal injury claims can be a messy business. So, we’ve broken down the steps you need to take regardless of whether you’re the victim of an accidental road incident, or, no offence intended, the instigator.

How to make a successful Road Traffic Accident Claim

  1. Gather as much information together as you can regarding your particular incident. This will no doubt make the next steps much easier for you in the long run.
  2. Find a solicitor that you can trust and have confidence in. Yes, we see the thousands of ‘no win no fee’ advertisements on TV. However, put simply, you get what you pay for.
  3. Be active in your case. You need to have a certain degree of involvement in your claim, and in doing so you’ll be able to oversee the solicitors work, offer up advice and make changes to any issues that arise.
  4. Book in to see a medical expert as soon as possible. This medical report will be sent to the court along with any other findings that will help your claim.
  5. Keep invoices and receipts. This is particularly important if your injury means you will or have been off work for a considerable amount of time.
  6. Negotiate with your insurers. If your insurance company is compliant then you’ll need not go any further with the issue. On the other hand, if they take the proverbial biscuit then it’s time to go to court, solicitor included.

 

If you follow the above steps to the T then you should see yourself with a substantial cheque in up to 4 weeks prior to the incident. We hope this has helped and we wish you the best. Remember that your phone apps can wait whilst your road safety, can’t.