More than 1.1 million people in the UK suffered work-related illness or injury in 2011/2012, according to the Health and Safety Executive. If you had an accident at work, or you suffered illness or injury, as a direct result of your workplace or work-related tasks, you may wish to find out more about work accident compensation.
Why are work accidents so common?
There are many possible causes of work accidents, from losing concentration or getting distracted and slipping, to using faulty machinery. The reality is that some accidents are avoidable, while others are completely unpredictable.
One of the reasons that work-related injuries are so common is that workplaces can be very hazardous, and this does not relate solely to more dangerous environments such as factories, chemical plants and farms. Even the most innocent looking office block can harbour less obvious dangers and this is why risk assessment, and sticking to health and safety guidelines and policies, is so important.
Employer responsibilities: how to prevent accidents in the workplace
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their workforce is able to operate in a safe and comfortable environment. This may seem like a lot of work and extra cost, but health and safety should be a priority for all employers and shirking responsibilities to save money in the short-term is likely to end up in much higher costs in the long-run.
Often the simplest changes make the most difference, and you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds to safeguard your employees. Based on the most common workplace illnesses, injuries and accidents, here are some pointers to help reduce the risk of workplace accidents:Open Claim Calculator
- keep corridors and stairways clear
- ensure that wet floors are accompanied by warning signs
- mop up spillages as quickly as possible
- ensure staff have the relevant training to operate machinery
- provide appropriate equipment and tools for your workforce
- conduct regular risk assessments
- provide office chairs with lumbar support and encourage good posture
- ensure all changes in flooring levels or hidden steps are clearly marked
- make sure equipment and furniture is in good repair
I’ve had an accident at work: can I claim?
If you’ve had an accident at work, it wasn’t your fault, and it happened within the last 3 years you may entitled to work injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline or visit their website to complete the short 30-second eligibility test; their experienced personal injury lawyers will handle your claim with expertise and take care of all the hard work.