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60 BRITISH RED CROSS See more like this online at: www.hsmsearch.com ACCIDENT RISK INCREASES DURING AUTUMN – ARE YOU PREPARED? 26October officially marked the end of British Summer time. Combine the clocks going back and the evenings becoming darker, with the wet leaves from the autumnal rain and the risk of accidents is greatly increased. Between October and December last year the most common cause of injuries in the work place were slips trips and falls accounting for 2,240 accidents compared with 1,915 between July and September 2012/13 - the most common type of injury being a sprain.* Sprains and strains happen when the soft tissues around bones and joint are over-stretched. Following the RICE procedure will help to relieve the symptoms. • R: Rest the injured part. Help the casualty to sit or lie down and support the injured limb in a comfortable position. • I: Ice or a cold pack should be applied to reduce the swelling, bruising and pain. • C: Comfortable support for the injury. You can leave a cold compress in place or wrap a layer of soft padding around the area and secure it with a support bandage. • E: Elevate. Support the injured limb in a raised position to help minimise bruising and swelling. This and many other first aid skills are covered on a British Red Cross first aid course preparing you and your team with the confidence and ability to deal with an accident when it strikes. With an unrivalled reputation for quality and excellence built up over 30 years the Red Cross is renowned for providing world class first aid training. In the UK alone they train over 100,000 people every year across their conveniently located network of 180 venues. Highly qualified and experienced trainers provide an interactive learning environment, ensuring course attendees leave with the skills and confidence to help save lives when an accident strikes in the work place. Acknowledged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as one of the standard setters for first aid practice the Red Cross offer one day, three day and requalification workplace first aid training courses as well as in company training. The Red Cross is the chosen provider for many UK organisations and work with a number of industries including high hazard such as manufacturing, engineering and construction to those in low hazard industries like education, retail hospitality and healthcare. 99.3 per cent of attendees recommended Red Cross first aid courses.** Course attendee Jade Headland stated ‘ I would like to comment on how great the first aid training course I attended was. The trainer was excellent and very helpful and made the entire group feel comfortable. I learned a lot and was able to refresh my existing first aid knowledge. We all had fun and enjoyed the practical sessions which enabled us to absorb the information and gain confidence in our own skills” By booking a first aid training course with the Red Cross you and your team mates can benefit from: • courses at 180 UK venues – national coverage, delivered locally • an unrivalled reputation for quality and excellence • a comprehensive package of first aid materials • access to Safe Hands – a free online support community. To find out more about the range of workplace first aid training courses that the Red Cross has to offer visit www.redcrosstraining.org.uk or call 08450 2874437 and speak to a trained advisor. *Source - Health and Safety Executive 2012/13p (RIDDOR) **According to results from our Big Red Survey


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