Common workplace accidents
Every year thousands of young people in the UK have an accident at work. The most common examples of workplace accidents include:
- Slips and trips
Slips and trips are the most common type of workplace accident in the UK according to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive. There are many possible causes of accidents, from objects and obstructions dotted around corridors and stairways, to slippery surfaces. Employers have a duty to comply with health and safety regulations to try and prevent slips, trips and falls and they should provide warning signs and carry out regular checks to ensure that carpets are well-fitted, flooring is in good condition and spillages are cleared up as quickly as possible. Injuries that result from falls include back pain, broken bones and sprains and strains.
- Cuts and grazes
Cuts, grazes and lacerations are fairly common, especially in industries where heavy machinery, sharp tools and intricate needle or knife work is involved. Cuts are usually minor and heal without any issues, but deep lacerations can cause excessive bleeding and urgent treatment may be required to prevent severe blood loss.
- Back pain
Back and neck pain are the most common complaints among young people in the workplace. Many cases are linked to the nature of the work, especially among employees who are required to carry out tasks that involve heavy lifting and sitting down or standing up for long periods of time. Back pain is very common among hairdressers, nurses, doctors, dentists, office workers, removal men and women and delivery drivers. Back pain can range from mild to severe and in some cases, employees may be forced to give up work.
Falls are common in many workplaces across the UK. There are different types of falls, from slipping on a wet surface or falling from height, to tripping over an obstruction or falling down the stairs. Falling can cause a range of different injuries, from bruising and grazes to head injuries and fractures.
Burns are a common injury among young people who work in the health and beauty industry, building and construction, manufacturing and chemical engineering. Burns can be moderate or severe and they may result in long-term scarring.
Can I claim for workplace accidents?
If you’ve had an accident at work, it wasn’t your fault and it occurred within the last 3 years, you may be able to claim work accident compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline or visit their website to complete a quick 30 second test to determine your eligibility. The firm has may years of experience in handling work accident claims and slip, trip and fall compensation cases.
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown