An accident is sometimes defined as an unplanned and uncontrolled event
which has led to or could have led to an injury to persons, damage to plant or
The basic problem is attitude
'Just let me get on with my work!'
'I work on bonus!'
'REAL MEN don't need Protective equipment!'
'I don't know how that accident happened!'
Accidents don't happen - Accidents are caused basically because of a failure of one or more of the 4 basic foundations of Health & Safety
If we plan and organise ourselves properly accidents are unlikely to
Research has shown that there is a relationship between major accidents/
minor accidents and 'no injury' accidents.
If you trip and fall over a rake - the accident occurred even if there was no injury. If one of the young greenkeepers fall out of a trailer - the accident occurred even if there was no injury. If we could find out about all the 'no injury' accidents and identify their causes then we would be able to control all accidents.
To do that we must RECORD ALL ACCIDENTS. Remember the idea here is not
to apportion blame, it is to establish why such a thing happened and prevent it
happening in the future.
There are basically two places you should have records of accidents.
Accidents Books should AT LEAST record:
If we can analyse all accidents no matter how trivial - we may be able
to identify the problem before the serious accident occurs.
If a Serious Accident occurs, the accident must be reported to the
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) or Local Environmental Health Office (EHO)
immediately or at least within 5 days See
HSE RIDDOR WEBSITE
A Serious Accident is one that comes under RIDDOR
REPORTING OF INJURIES, DISEASES AND DANGEROUS OCCURRENCES REGULATIONS
1985 - RIDDOR
Serious accidents under this legislation are ACCIDENTS involving
HSE or EHO will arrange to come to the workplace to examine it and
interview all participants. They will wish to see your safety policy/ safe
working practices / details of training - basically to analyse why the accident
has occurred and what means have been brought to bear to ensure it will not
People affected by alcohol or drugs at work are a hazard to themselves and others. This is especially true for Groundsmen and Greenkeepers. They are working precision equipment and it is essential that they are in full control at all times.
Prescribed Drugs and over-the-counter drugs and medicines can cause
drowsiness and may affect those operating equipment. Make sure any of your
workers using these, reads the label properly, and tells you of any problems.
Do you have a policy for this in your workplace?
CONTROL OF RISKS and