As anybody would tell you, sometimes accidents just happen. However, we can take certain measures to reduce risk and prevent accidents on the high street, at work and on the road.
Here’s our top tips on how to prevent an accident:
Preventing accidents on the high street
- Look where you are going: It sounds so simple, but you would be surprised how many people walk into lamp posts or trip up because they are not looking where they are going. Sometimes a slip, trip or fall is not your fault though, in which case you should get legal advice from a law firm.
- Always wait for the green man: We are taught to wait for the green man before we cross the road from a young age, yet many people forget to do just that every year and as a result they get hit or knocked over by a vehicle. By simply waiting before you cross the road, you can ensure you go about your shopping injury free.
Preventing an accident on the road
- Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front: You can never account for other driver’s behaviour. Keeping a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front will give you plenty of time to react to a hazard.
- Take your time and be patient: It can be easy to lose patience with somebody at a roundabout or at a junction, however doing so and pulling off a silly manoeuvre is a recipe for disaster. Eradicate this risk by simply taking your time and being patient.
- Stick to the speed limit: It can be easy to forget that we are in a 30mph zone but this is no excuse for speeding. In residential areas in particular, you should travel at a low speed because children, pets and other cars can pull out on you very quickly.
Preventing an accident at work
- Always report hazards and incidents: If you think you have spotted a hazard such as a spillage or you have witnessed an incident or a close call, report them to your health and safety officer immediately so that they are dealt with quickly.
- Ask for help and for extra training: If you are unsure about how to do something or you do not feel comfortable performing a task, tell your boss and ask for help, guidance and extra training to help you do your job better and more safely as well.
- Don’t rush: Deadlines and targets should never come before safety. If you cannot physically perform your role quickly without putting your health and safety at risk, tell your boss and take your time. Nothing is more important than your own safety.