While we all known that workplace injuries and illnesses are a debilitating reality for many, it is not often that we stop and consider the facts about work accidents.
5 facts about work accidents
Accidents at work occur in all professions, across all sectors. From repetitive strain injuries in office work to falls from heights in construction, we get the facts straight and take a look at five little known facts about work accidents.
- Sometimes we overlook the most obvious dangers around us, our first fact our about work accidents only confirms this. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), ‘falls and slips & trips, combined, account for more than a third (36 per cent) of employee injuries’ in 2014/15. While this includes accidents at work such as falls from heights, as highlighted previously, slips, trips and falls in the workplace can be due to a simple spill that has not been cleaned up.
- According to 2013/14 figures from HSE, the total cost of workplace illness and injury amounted to a whopping £14.3 billion, for the accounting year.
- Sadly, facts about work accidents do sometimes bring to light some doom and gloom. The HSE has confirmed that work-related injuries and illness can affect each and every one of us; ‘an estimated 1.2 million people who worked in 2014/15 were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by work. 516,000 of these were new cases, which started in the year’.
- In relation to recuperation following accidents at work, the HSE reports that, ‘an estimated 611,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work… 198,000 led to over 3 days absence from work, [and] 152,000 led to over 7 days absence’ in 2014/15.
- Yet, then again, things are on the up. The HSE has revealed that, ‘around half as many workers were fatally injured compared to 20 years ago. For the latest year 142 workers died, with a fatal injury rate of 0.46 deaths per 100,000 workers.’
Claiming compensation for accidents at work
If you have been injured in an accident at work through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered.
For more information, speak with one of our friendly advisors today, via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice