Workplace accidents have the potential to happen to anyone, at any time, whether you work in a warehouse, on a construction site or even in an office. You could suffer minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, or more serious injuries which could affect your ability to work and earn a living. But what are some of the most common causes of injuries at work? You might be surprised; sometimes it’s the things you least expect which could cause an accident.
What causes workplace injuries?
Some of the most common injuries sustained at work are those suffered in slips, trips and falls. Leaving boxes of files lying around, spilling things on the floor and not cleaning it up, or even trailing cables and wires could all lead to a slip, trip or fall. You could trip on damaged flooring or a broken stair and fall, causing serious injuries such as head and facial injuries or broken bones. Here are a few other common causes of injuries at work:
- Objects falling from height – for example tools falling off scaffolding and hitting you
- Falling from height, such as falling off a roof or scaffolding
- Electric shock from faulty equipment or tools
- Fire – for example a fire breaking out in a factory could lead to severe burns
- Injured by heavy machinery – for example getting your hand trapped between rollers in a machine and suffering crush injuries
- Vehicle-related injuries – you could be injured whilst driving if you’re involved in a collision or hit by a vehicle at work (such as a forklift truck, for example)
- Manual handling/lifting injuries to your back, neck and shoulder caused by lack of training
Who’s at fault?
Now we’ve looked at some of the common causes of injuries at work, you might be wondering who’s to blame in these scenarios. If somebody else is at fault for your accident – for example your employer or a work colleague – you could find yourself eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline could help you make a 100% no win, no fee claim. You just need to give us a call on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim.
You can get confidential, no-obligation advice from our team of expert advisors, however you’ve been injured at work. If you decide to go ahead with a claim, you could be compensated for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
Date Published: May 13, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton