While workplace accidents are on the decrease (according to the Health and Safety Executive), over half a million of us are still injured at work in the UK every year. Better safety procedures and first aid provision means that our places of work are safer than ever before, but even the most innocuous of environments can still present a myriad of dangers.
The most common workplace accidents
The biggest danger in the workplace, by far, is the floor. Or rather slipping or tripping on objects and spillages that have carelessly been left on the floor. Spillages in the workplace should always be cleaned up immediately and wet floors should be clearly indicated with a warning sign. All employees should be trained on how to keep the area free of obstacles and to be aware of bags, electric cables, and other items that could cause trips.
The next most common accident is falls from a height, which is most likely to happen to construction workers or those who work in warehouses. Thirdly, workers are commonly injured by objects falling from a height. Again, construction and warehouse workers are especially vulnerable to the dangers of heavy falling objects, but even those who work in offices can be injured by boxes or heavy files falling from shelves.
Cuts, burns, and minor electric shocks are all made relatively common by workplace kitchens, where dangerous objects can often be left lying around, extremely hot taps are sometimes not signposted, and faulty electrical equipment can be left next to pools of water.
What to do if you have had an accident at work
If you have had an accident at work and feel it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. This is true either if your co-workers have created a hazard or obstacle, or if there has been an inadequate provision of first aid. Your employer has a responsibility to make sure your working environment is safe, that all hazards are clearly signposted, and that there is a trained designated first aider available to deal with accidents.
If you’d like to find out more about employer negligence and personal injury compensation, contact our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to discuss your situation with you in detail and assess the validity of your claim. We are a law firm which has been helping accident victims receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over thirteen years now, usually without the need for the victim to attend court personally.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown