While the majority of employers endeavour to ensure a safe working environment for their employees, accidents at work remain an issue. Whether due to hazards being slightly overlooked, an unexpected mishap, or unavoidable human error, problems such as slips, trips and falls are still rife in the workplace.
Types of work accident claims
There is always room for improvement when it comes to health and safety at work. A good place to start when considering enhancements is to look at common work accident claims and address these issues within your company.
- For the 2012/13 period, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported 43.6 major injuries due to slips, trips and falls per 100,000 workers. Whether falls from a height, or due to same-level trips, this is one of the biggest offenders with regards to workplace accidents, personal injury claims and absence from work. Address this by ensuring walkways are available, housekeeping is completed well, and flooring is designed and maintained appropriately.
- Injuries due to handling, or overexertion, are responsible for 16,051 out of 58,515 ‘over seven day injuries’, where employees are required to take over a week away from work. These injuries are sustained due to lifting, carrying and other general physical activity. Minimise this risk of work accident claims by providing adequate training, and monitoring the tasks employees are expected to carry out.
- Although you may not expect office workers to suffer harm, problems do occur due due to repetitive motion. This includes strains and injury caused by typing or sitting at a computer, including back problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and vision difficulties. Workplace assessments can enhance the working environment for employees and reduce office injuries.
- According to the HSE, 2,075 individuals were injured at work because a moving object struck them. Assess the workplace and ensure that restrictions are put in place to ensure problems, such as falling objects, are minimised.
- Combined, injuries sustained due to machinery and moving vehicles are responsible for over 1,000 minor workplace injuries. The HSE provides guidelines surrounding safe management of machinery, regulations regarding speed limits, and responsible use of workplace vehicles including forklifts.
If you have incurred an injury due to an accident in the workplace that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. With the help of the law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, you will be able to assess if your claim is worth pursuing, and receive the compensation you are entitled to. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown