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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    5 common causes of workplace injuries

    Work injuries can be the result of an array of possible causes. The five most common cause of workplace injuries, however are:

    1. slips, trips and falls
    2. manual handling accidents
    3. being struck by objects
    4. vehicle collisions, and
    5. electrical incidents

    1. Cause of workplace injuries: Slipping, tripping or falling

    Injuries by slipping at work are, combined with tripping and falling, by far the most commonly reported work accidents. Such incidents may, for example, be caused by:

    • Wet, greasy or otherwise slippery surfaces and/or inadequate footwear
    • Clutter in pathways or on stairways
    • Inadequate lighting
    • Loose, uneven or damaged flooring
    • Cables across pathways

    2. Cause of workplace injuries: Manual handling

    Lack of training in or use of correct manual handling procedures is responsible for many back injuries at work.

    3. Cause of workplace injuries: Moving or falling objects

    Being struck by falling objects or moving objects is particularly common on building sites. That being said, moving parts of machinery, debris flying around, or explosions in other working environments could also be responsible for such injuries.

    4. Cause of workplace injuries: Vehicles

    Accidents at work involving vehicles can essentially happen in any environment where vehicles are used, including building sites, factories using forklift trucks, and in warehouse delivery bays, for example.

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    5. Causes of workplace injuries: Electrical incidents

    Injuries by electrocution, as well as injuries by fire or explosions, are often the result of defective wiring, machinery or hand-held electrical equipment, and lack of training in the use thereof.


    Whatever the cause of workplace injuries, chances are that the work-related accidents leading to these injuries could and should have been prevented through:

    • Good housekeeping
    • Regular maintenance of equipment or machinery
    • Adequate training
    • Relevant warnings, such as signing paths
    • Provision of personal protective equipment, including safety helmets, goggles, footwear, for example

    As such, if you were injured at work through no fault of your own, it is possible that you may be entitled to work injury compensation.

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    Having secured industrial injury compensation for innocent victims of accidents in the workplace for in excess of 15 years, our in-house lawyers have the skills, know-how and experience to bring your claim to success fast.

    Enlist their no-win no-fee* services today by contacting us via our website or by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today. For calls made from mobiles, the number to dial is, 0333 500 0993. Both lines are obligation-free, confidential and open around the clock, 365 days a year.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice


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