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The most bizarre workplace injuries

October 17th, 2013

Workplace Injuries

We all know that accidents can happen when we least expect, and while some you can see unfolding before your very eyes before you even have time to react, others you could never predict in a million years. Here are some of the most bizarre examples of workplace injuries.

Pennsylvania worker files work accident claim for sledgehammer incident

A Pennsylvania construction worker filed a compensation claim after he injured his eye when trying to split a bowling ball using a sledgehammer. The labourer was working on a site when he found a bowling ball and a series of activities ensued, including trying to shot-put the ball as far as possible, and then using a sledgehammer to try and break the ball. Unfortunately for the worker, the ball shattered, throwing up a piece, which ended up in his eye, contributing to a loss of sight.

Following in the footsteps of the World’s Strongest Man competitors

An office worker tried to claim work accident compensation after attempting to lift a water-cooler in a bid to try and impress colleagues. He managed to raise the cooler above his head but suffered subsequent back pain and muscular aches.

Down the hatch!

When you hear the words ‘down the hatch’ you’re normally in a group setting out on a Friday or Saturday night encouraging a friend to down their drink, but a bar worker from London took the instructions too literally.  The man was distracted by his phone when walking through the bar and suddenly found himself falling down a 10 foot elevator shaft to the shock and amazement of people sitting around enjoying a drink. Luckily he did not suffer any broken bones, but there’s a lesson to us all: look where you’re going!

What to do  if you have an accident at work

These stories are weird and wonderful, but the issue of accidents at work is a very serious one, and if you have suffered an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. The Accident Advice Helpline deals with a huge array of claims every year, including work accident compensation, car crash claims, and claims for work-related illness. The firm has an excellent track-record and the claims process is simple and efficient, and in the majority of cases clients are not obliged to go to court. Even if you think your claim is a bit bizarre, you may have a case, and the legal team at Accident Advice Helpline will be happy to help.

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