Every year thousands of people in the UK develop a work-related illness or injury. If you’ve been injured in an accident at work, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a successful claim for work accident compensation
Common work-related injuries
According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than 1 million people in the UK had a work-related illness in 2011/2012. The most common types of work accident included slips, trips or falls, accidents caused by using faulty or heavy machinery, lifting and handling incidents, and overuse injuries. Examples of common work-related injuries include:
- fractured bones and dislocated joints
- cuts and lacerations
- eye injuries
- back and neck pain
- stress, anxiety, and depression
Eye injuries are among the most serious types of work accident because the implications are so severe; sight is so precious and injuries that contribute to loss of sight are life-changing.
What causes eye injuries at work and sensitivity to light?
There are many types of accident, which may affect the eyes and result in increased sensitivity to light, also known as photosensitivity, loss of sight and even total blindness. Examples causing sensitivity to light include:
- exposure to bright lights
- chemical accidents
- trauma and head injuries
- contact with sharp objects
- slips, trips and falls
- using electrical equipment and machinery
What can be done to prevent accidents in the workplace?
One of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of eye injuries caused by accidents in the workplace is to provide employees with protective eye masks. Other measures, which should be implemented include:
- using safety warnings for chemicals and slippery floors
- clearing obstructions and keeping walkways clear
- providing training for employees to use machinery
- ensuring that equipment is well-maintained
- providing workers with training in handling potential issues, such as assault and violent customers
Can I make a claim for work accident compensation?
If you’ve been injured at work and you were not to blame, visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and take the 30-second eligibility test, or call the 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. Eye injuries can be devastating, especially if you have experienced loss of sight and compensation can go some way to securing your future, especially if you have had to leave your job or reduce your hours. Accident Advice Helpline is a reliable law firm, which has been helping people to claim compensation for more than 13 years.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown