Accidents at work can happen anywhere, and the resulting workplace injuries can vary significantly. While some types of injuries are fairly common, others are heard of far less frequently. Here are some of them.
- Infectious Diseases
Hospital and laboratory employees run a risk of accidental contact with or exposure to biological material, pathogens and other infectious substances, including bacteria or cultured viruses contained within body fluids, blood or blood products. Such contact or exposure could result in employees contracting potentially fatal diseases.
Drowning or near-drowning experiences are not restricted to work accidents at sea; on rivers or lakes, or at swimming pools. Some workers have been known to drown or nearly drown in slurry pits; tanks, containers and other vessels holding a variety of different liquids. Depending on the type of liquid within such vessels, near drowning victims are also exposed to the risk of contracting a variety of diseases or being injured by the liquid in question (acids, fuels, alkaline solutions, etc).
Other work related accidents involved workers being asphyxiated or nearly asphyxiated after being engulfed in varying types of materials inside silos and other kinds of storage towers.
While everyone is aware of the possible consequences of stress, few people realise just how many employees suffer seriously from the effects of work related anxiety, depression or stress. According to Health & Safety Executive statistics, 39 per cent (487,000 cases) of work related illnesses reported during 2013/14 were related to anxiety, stress and depression.
At present, approximately 18,000 British employees suffer from NIHL, or noise induced hearing loss, caused or at least made worse by excessive noise at work. While incidences of this kind of industrial injury have declined over the last ten years or so, 120 new cases were reported in 2013 alone.
Right to claim
Whether you suffered a commonly known work injury or a rare one, chances are that, if the workplace accident causing it was caused by someone other than yourself, you may be entitled to work injury compensation.
You can find out whether you are entitled to claim for industrial injury compensation by contacting Accident Advice Helpline. Established in 2000, this law firm has an experienced team of lawyers specialising in personal injury claims. Call our 24-hour Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to confirm your entitlement to claim and get your no win no fee* claim started today.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice