Work accidents can happen in offices, retail or manufacturing environments, on construction sites or, as the image shows, on the road. In total, around 591,000 employees were injured by workplace accidents during 2011/12 (RIDDOR statistics for HSE). According to these statistics, 156,000 of these injuries resulted in more than seven days off work, while 212,000 injuries required three to seven days of absence. During the same period, 173 employees received fatal injuries.
Most common work-related accidents
More than 50 per cent of reported major injuries were due to falls, trips or slips, which also account for almost 33 per cent of injuries requiring more than three days of recovery. The most commonly reported injuries at work are handling injuries. These incidents account for the vast majority of three-day-plus injuries and, according to RIDDOR, make up the fourth most commonly reported type of major injuries.
One per cent of non-fatal work injuries and one out of seven fatalities are due to explosions, electrocution, fires and asphyxiation or drowning accidents. Approximately 115 out of the 173 fatal injuries received at work were caused by falling from heights, being struck by vehicles or other moving objects and being trapped by collapsing structures.
Claim potential in the image
The image portrays an accident which involves a construction vehicle turning over and falling through a hole in the road it was driving along.
Fault assessment – It appears that the road along which the vehicle was travelling collapsed. If this was due to a fault in the road, unstable foundations or similar issues, the authority/ company responsible for this stretch of road could be held liable for the accident.
Potential claims – The driver of the vehicle could potentially claim for personal injury compensation. The company owning the truck may also be able to claim for compensation to recover the cost of the damage to the truck.
Claiming for injuries at work
If you believe you may have a claim for being injured in an accident at your place of work, you can establish whether you are entitled to compensation or not by using the compensation calculator on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
Alternatively, you can call the company’s freephone help line and confidentially discuss the matter with a friendly, knowledgeable adviser. Once it has been established that you indeed qualify to make a claim, a legal representative specialising in work accidents will be assigned to you. He or she will then ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to.