Work injury claims can be very wide ranging, from a road accident to slipping on a wet floor. Despite the myriad ways an injury can be picked up at work, there are some that are more common than others. Accidents at work can be ill-timed, frustrating, painful, life changing or even fatal. It pays to know what the most common incidents are so that you can try to safeguard yourself against suffering the same fate. Here are the top five most common categories for injuries at work.
Although often considered to just be annoying, RSI can actually be quite serious. It isn’t life threatening, and isn’t usually the result of any working accidents, but can cause severe pain. RSI is the result of continually repeating one action, straining the joints and muscles, which over time can cause stress to the area.
Falling from heights
Whether it’s slipping from a ladder or tumbling from atop a tall building while carrying out maintenance or washing windows, injuries or fatalities from falling are very common. Victims can end up with joint problems, torn ligaments and broken bones, and a big work accident claim can be started as a result.
Another of the main potential work injuries is lifting or carrying heavy objects, and it has become a big focal point for health and safety in the workplace. There is the immediate risk of dropping a heavy object on your feet, straining muscles or even slipping a disc in your back, as well as the long-term risks associated with frequently lifting heavy objects for many years that may make you eligible for work accident compensation.
Some jobs, like truck drivers, postmen and salespeople, require a lot of driving, and thus increase the chances of an employee being injured in a road traffic accident. Whether it’s colliding with another car, falling out of the vehicle, or even if the vehicle brakes and causes injury, they all count as accidents at work.
Of course, accidents can happen outside of these categories, so always be sensible and take precautions. But if you’re unlucky enough to suffer injury as a result of your work, remember you can call Accident Advice Helpline – with over a decade in the business, and working on the no win, no fee* principle, they’ll fight hard to win you the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: September 25, 2013
Author: David Brown