Although it is fair to say that the risk of injury is higher in some occupations than others, it is unlikely that any UK job can be considered totally accident free.
Accidents can be specific to the industry in which a person works and, as a result, there may be an increased risk of a specific type of accident within one occupation where the overall risk of an accident at work is lower. We’ve chosen a few occupations to highlight this point.
Working in a bakery
Working in a bakery might seem like a relatively safe job, but did you know that bakers are in fact at a higher risk of developing occupational asthma? This is due to breathing in the flour dust that is produced in the process of baking.
Bakers are also susceptible to burns and scalding from working with hot ovens.
Call centre workers
The risks of working in a call centre may not be obvious initially, but call centre workers can be exposed to a number of hazards and potential accidents in the workplace.
Two of the most common complaints of call centre workers are repetitive strain injuries from working long hours at a computer and industrial deafness. Industrial deafness can occur as a result of wearing a headset for an extended period of time.
You might ask yourself what possible accident could occur to a university lecturer in the course of their work. The reality is that some accidents can occur at any time at any place and to anyone such as a slip, trip or fall.
Slipping, tripping or falling can result in serious injuries such as fractures or head, neck and shoulder injuries.
Claiming compensation for a work-related injury
No occupation can be considered totally accident free. If you’ve been injured at your work within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation.
At Accident Advice Helpline, all of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket if your claim for compensation is unsuccessful.
Our lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, and are staffed by friendly, professional advisers. What’s more, you are under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that might be discussed. Any amounts quoted are guideline amounts only and may not accurately reflect a final payout of compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice