Health and Safety Executive statistics for 2013/14 revealed that during this period:
- 1.2 million employees suffered work related illnesses
- 133 workers suffered fatal injuries at work
- 78,000 work injuries were reported under RIDDOR
According to this annual report, 18,877 employees suffered major injuries, with another 58,716 workers suffering injuries or illnesses leading to absences from work of between three and seven days or over. Another 629,000 work-related injuries were revealed through the Labour Force Survey.
In total, 28.2 million days of work were lost as the result of accidents at work and work-related illness.
Most common workplace injuries
It appears that the vast majority, 8.3 million of 11.3 million days respectively, of lost days were due to musculoskeletal disorders, anxiety, depression or stress. The most common injuries sustained at work included:
- Strains and sprains
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
Vibration white finger; dermatitis, occupational asthma and deafness were among other, not quite so common workplace injuries/illnesses.
Most common types of accidents
Most of the injuries/illnesses suffered by employees were the result of work accidents involving slips, trips and falls; manual handling/lifting and electrical incidents.
Other comparatively common workplace accidents involved workers being struck or trapped by falling/moving objects and accidents involving vehicles, such as cars, forklifts or trucks.
Repetitive strain injury, vibration white finger and similar industrial illnesses were predominantly caused by prolonged:
- Working in awkward positions
- Exposure to excessive vibration
- Repetitive movement
Occupational asthma, dermatitis and other industrial illnesses were typically the result of either prolonged or sudden massive exposure to harmful substances.
For the British economy, these work-related accidents and illnesses resulted in an approximate loss of £14.2 billion. For employees and their families, they often resulted in prolonged financial hardship being added to their already potentially substantial pain and suffering.
Financial hardship as the result of being injured at work can, however, be eased by claiming for work injury compensation. Claims can be made if the accident was caused by someone else and happened within the last three years.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm specialising in no win no fee industrial, and other personal injury, claims. Established in 2000, our firm can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via a confidential Freephone helpline.
Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your injury.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice