First Aid in the Workplace Injury statistics

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Accidents and injuries can occur unexpectedly in the workplace, irrespective of the sector or job description. First aid is frequently the initial response in managing workplace injuries, making it vital for employers to offer suitable first aid facilities and training for their employees. According to the HSE, over 69,208 non-fatal injuries were reported during 2019-2020. Many of these injuries necessitated first aid treatment at the workplace. While the HSE does not collate data on specific injuries requiring first aid treatment, we can infer the most common types of injuries needing first aid based on general workplace data.

The most prevalent injuries requiring first aid include cuts, burns, bruises, and sprains. Cuts and lacerations often result from handling sharp objects or machinery, making it crucial to administer first aid to prevent infection and halt bleeding. Burns may occur from exposure to chemicals, hot liquids or fire, and first aid can help to relieve pain and prevent further harm. Bruises and sprains can arise due to slips, trips, and falls, or from managing heavy items, and first aid can assist in reducing swelling and easing pain.

In addition to these common injuries, it is important to recognise that first aid may also be required for more serious injuries such as fractures, head injuries or spinal injuries. In these instances, first aid should be administered to stabilise the injured individual and prevent further harm until medical professionals can attend.