We know that accidents at work can and do happen in any type of workplace, whether you work in a shop, an office or even on a building site. But what do we know about how people are injured at work? Accident Advice Helpline recently commissioned a survey to find out more about the types of accidents and injuries affecting workers in the UK, with some results you may find surprising.
The most common types of accidents reported were slips, trips and falls, with 38% of people surveyed having suffered this type of accident at work. Manual handling injuries were also common, with almost 18% of people being injured in a handling accident, whilst 8% of people had been struck by a moving object and 4.5% of people surveyed had been struck by a moving vehicle. Perhaps surprisingly, only 2% of those surveyed said they had been injured after a fall from height.
How have you been injured?
If you’ve been injured at work, you may have been lucky enough to escape with cuts and bruises, but chances are you have suffered more serious injuries. With slips, trips and falls being the most common type of workplace accidents, we thought we’d give you a few examples of the types of injuries you could sustain from this type of accident:
- Strains and sprains, such as a sprained ankle or wrist
Back injuries including pulled muscles and slipped discs
- Shoulder injuries such as a dislocated shoulder
- Broken bones, for example a hip or leg fracture
- Facial or head injuries if you hit your head or face as you fall
Some of these injuries are obviously more serious than others, and you may need to take time off work to recover. This could impact your earnings, leading to financial difficulties for your family. But you could make a claim for personal injury compensation within three years of your accident, if you believe your accident was somebody else’s fault. For example if your employer was to blame, they could be held liable and ordered to pay you compensation.
Affordable claims for everyone
Accident Advice Helpline believes that anybody who has been injured at work should be able to make a personal injury claim, which is why our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. There are no upfront fees to worry about, and you can even call us for free today on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim and get confidential, no-obligation advice.
Date Published: July 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton