According to the Health and Safety Executive, every year in the UK, more than 28 million working days are lost due to injuries caused by accidents at work and work-related illness. Some jobs carry greater risks than others and working in the police force is one of the most dangerous occupations out there.
Dangers of working as a police officer
Police officers face hazards on a daily basis and the nature of their job means that there is often a risk of work injuries and work-related illnesses, such as stress and anxiety. Working in the police force may lead to encountering dangerous scenarios, including:
- dealing with abusive and aggressive people
- dealing with threats and physical violence
- tending to people injured in road traffic accidents
- dealing with dangerous drivers
- stopping theft and investigating break-ins
- breaking up arguments and fights
- slips, trips and falls, which may occur when pursuing suspects
Most common injuries suffered by police officers
The most common non-fatal injuries sustained by police officers include strains and sprains and back pain. The most common cause of strains and sprains is slips and trips, which tend to occur when officers are patrolling on foot or giving chase to potential suspects, especially when obstructions, such as fences and walls, are involved.
Although there is an element of risk associated with being in the police force, every employee has the right to feel safe at work and the appropriate health and safety measures should be employed to protect officers from work accidents and work-related illness. Officers should be provided with appropriate training, offered a suitable level of protection in dangerous situations, such as a raid or during riots or protests, and provided with protective clothing and equipment.
Making a claim for a work accident
If you are a police officer and you have been injured at work and you believe that you were not at fault, you may wish to claim work accident compensation. Note down all the details of the incident, report the accident to senior management and seek medical assistance for your injuries. If the incident occurred within the last three years, contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about claiming work injury compensation.
Compensation for work accidents is awarded to people who have suffered injuries as a result of negligence on behalf of their employer or a representative of the company; the payout could help to cover loss of earnings, medical costs and reduced income in the long term.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice