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Workplace Accidents & Health and Safety Training


With so many risks present in the workplace on a daily basis, undergoing health and safety training geared towards your specific work environment or profession is crucial to reduce the risk of serious injury or worse. Health and safety training can be so valuable, in not only informing employees of the risks and various accidents that could happen, but also to provide knowledge on how to avoid such accidents, along with what to do if an accident were to occur.

Common Types of Workplace Accidents

Let's take a look at some of the most common workplace accidents. The number one work place injury is a result of a slip or fall. This type of injury can happen regardless of the field of work that you're in; from office work all the way to construction, falls happen. A fall can be something minor or be so severe that it results in death. For example, you could simply be walking through the office and slip on a wet floor, or fall off of a roof several stories high. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2009 there were 605 workers killed, and 212,760 workers severely injured on the job, due to a fall on the same or lower level. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Learning proper workplace safety, and putting that knowledge to good use, can not only prevent a minor concussion, but it can prevent death.

Manual Handling and Manual Labour Activities

Another common type of workplace injury involves manual handling and manual labour activities. Some examples of the injuries sustained in a workplace through this manner are back injuries, muscle strains, joint and ligament injuries, fires, explosions, and crushing injuries. If a part of your job requires the lifting of heavy objects, and you're not lifting correctly, you could cause yourself a back injury. Getting caught in between two pieces of machinery, and breaking or losing a limb, is a good example of a crushing injury that happens all too often. In 2013 alone, there were 717 fatal workplace injuries resulting from contact with objects and equipment. Also in 2013, fatal injuries which involved fire and explosions were 21 percent higher than in the previous year, accounting for 148 deaths.

Requiring all employees to take a health and safety course, informing them on the safest way to perform their duties, will go a long way in reducing the amount of workplace injuries and deaths that occur each year.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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