The top 5 most common work accident claims

With millions of people across the UK spending at least eight hours a day at work, there are plenty of unwelcome opportunities for accidents to happen.

In order to stay safe in the workplace it is worth getting to grips with some of the most common accidents at work so you can prepare to avoid them.

Here are the five most common accidents in the workplace:

Slipping on wet surfaces

Wet surfaces are the biggest cause of accidents at work in the UK, leaving companies liable to personal injury claims from injured workers.

Tripping on cables

Modern offices are quite literally littered with cables, all of which can present a major hazard.

Cables that are not carefully placed present a risk of trips and falls and are an increasingly more common cause of accidents at work.


Dark stairwells are a hazardous environment as they can mean that staff are unable to properly see where they are going, increasing the risk that they will misplace their footing.

People working at heights are also at risk from falls with ladders and scaffolding presenting the danger of serious injuries if someone happens to take a tumble as a result of safety mismanagement.


While millions of people have switched to desk-based computer jobs these days, the chances of getting burnt still rank very highly in the overall tally of injuries recorded throughout the UK.

Back and neck injuries

Back and neck injuries caused by heavy lifting are still common among the UK workforce accounting for a huge number of sick days every year.

It is not just heavy lifting that can be the problem. Office staff are often victims of these types of injuries due to an incorrect chair set up, so receiving advice on posture and correct chair use are essentials.

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