You may think it unlikely that your day at work will end in injury, but accidents at work are actually very common. Last year alone, more than 640,000 people were injured at work. If you’ve had a work accident and you can prove that you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to talk to an expert about work accident compensation.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, 231,000 people took more than three days off work and 175,000 people were forced to take more than a week off as a result of illness or injury. So, why are work accidents so common and what can be done to reduce the risk of injury at work?
What causes work accidents?
There are many risk factors for work accidents and often the hazards vary according to the workplace and the job description; the most common causes of work-related injuries include:
- obstructions and stairways; these carry a risk of slips, trips and falls;
- spillages and wet floors;
- changes in the level of flooring;
- heights and using ladders;
- unsuitable equipment and poorly maintained machinery;
- a lack of knowledge and training among staff members;
- poor posture;
- stress and work-related pressures.
Preventing injuries at work
Employers are obliged to follow strict health and safety guidelines in order to reduce the risk of illness and injury at work. However, accidents still happen and there are always improvements that can be made to promote staff wellbeing and make the workplace a safer place. Here are some basic health and safety guidelines and some tips for maintaining a healthy and happy workforce:
- ensure all areas are well-lit, especially stairways and corridors
- ensure staff members are trained to do the tasks they are set
- make sure staff members have access to the relevant protective clothing and equipment
- carry out regular risk assessments
- keep up to date with maintenance, testing and repairs
- promote good posture and encourage frequent short breaks
- promote healthy lifestyle choices and provide help for staff to battle stress
- ensure that members of staff are trained in lifting and handling
What should I do if I’ve had an accident at work?
If you’ve had an accident at work, it happened in the last 3 years and you can prove that it wasn’t your fault, write down the details of the incident and contact Accident Advice Helpline. The expert team of personal injury lawyers will utilise the information you give them to pursue your work accident compensation case. The firm was established in 2000 and the claims process is designed to eliminate stress. Most of the information required can be gathered by telephone and the majority of clients do not attend court.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown