According to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive, more than 27 million working days are lost each year in the UK as a result of work-related illness and injuries caused by accidents at work. If you’ve been injured at work and you were not at fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim work injury compensation.
What is the most common cause of accidents in the workplace?
Slip and trip hazards are the most common cause of accidents in the workplace; more than a third of all workplace injuries are caused by slips, trips and falls. Other common types of workplace accident include:
- falls from height
- accidents involving machinery
- lifting and handling accidents
- burns and scalds
- accidents caused by moving vehicles
Statistically, some workplaces are more dangerous than others. If you work in farming, construction or manufacturing, you are more likely to be involved in work accidents than other industries.
Avoiding accidents at work
All employers should act to protect their workers from the most common cause of accidents in the workplace. If you employ others, you must comply with health and safety guidelines and policies in order to protect your employees from work injuries and work-related illness. Steps that may be taken to reduce the risk of injuries in the workplace include:
- ensuring staff members have the relevant training
- providing personal protective equipment
- ensuring equipment, machinery, tools and appliances are checked regularly and meet the relevant safety standards
- carrying out regular risk assessments
- recording details of any accidents
- encouraging positive working habits, such as taking regular breaks, maintaining good posture and keeping fit
Can I claim compensation?
If you’ve been injured at work and it wasn’t your fault, you have the right to claim work accident compensation. If you sustained an injury in the last 3 years, you reported the incident to your employer and you have proof that the accident resulted from your employer’s negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss the details of your work injury claim.
Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, or you can visit the website and take a simple 30-second eligibility test. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people to claim personal injury compensation for well over a decade and our firm is endorsed by Dame Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown