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Common causes of workplace accidents


Accidents at work can be particularly stressful. An accident during the course of your employment can seriously injure you and/or render you unable to work for a period of time.

Thankfully according to the HSE, accidents in the workplace have fallen dramatically over the last decade.

This can be attributed to robust adherence to health and safety guidelines and increased employee and employer awareness of areas of particular risk. Since 2003, the HSE has noted a decrease of over 50 per cent in fatal and major injuries sustained at work.


What are the most common causes of workplace accidents?

According to statistics published by the HSE the most common causes of accidents in the workplace were as follows:

  • Over half the fatal injuries from workplace accidents were of three kinds: falls from height; contact with moving machinery; and being struck by a vehicle.
  • Electricity, fire and drowning/asphyxiation accidents accounted for around one in twelve fatalities to workers, but fewer than one in a hundred non-fatal injuries to employees.
  • Falls, slips and trips combined made up more than half of all reported major injuries and almost a third of over seven day injuries to employees.
  • Slip and trip injuries were the most commonly reported, accounting for three in every ten injury reports. Handling was the most frequent cause of over seven day injury.
  • An estimated three million working days were lost due to handling injuries and slips & trips.

As these statistics illustrate, although the trend is that work place accidents are decreasing, they unfortunately still happen. If you’ve been a victim of any of the above work-related accidents within the last three years, and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Contact Accident Advice Helpline today. Our friendly and professional advisers are on hand 24/7 to help you with processing your claim for compensation. Alternatively you can check out Accident Advice Helpline website for more information on workplace accidents. You can also find out in 30 seconds or less if you may be eligible for compensation.