When it comes to work, everyone has the right to work in a safe environment, but accidents at work are relatively common. If you’ve had an accident or suffered an injury at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a work accident claim.
There are many different types of workplace and injuries can happen at any time, in any place, but with workplace injuries so common, what are the UK’s most dangerous workplaces?
Working in a warehouse may seem fairly safe on paper, but employees may be required to lift heavy items on a regular basis, there is a risk of falling objects and sometimes, workers scale ladders to reach items, which presents a risk of falling. There is also the risk of working with potentially hazardous objects or chemicals, which should always be stored according to health and safety guidelines.
Farming is a vocation, which is often passed down through the generations, but it does carry a number of risks. Farming is hard work; it usually involves manual work, heavy lifting, heights, using dangerous machinery and hazardous chemicals and working with large animals. A farm may seem like an idyllic workplace, but the job entails much more than embracing the open air and getting to know the animals. Last year in Ireland, farming accounted for 45 per cent of workplace deaths.
Construction work is notoriously dangerous due to the nature of the job and the working environments. Most construction workers are required to handle heights, there is heavy manual work and lifting involved and a risk of entering unsafe places, such as unsecured sites. Construction workers also run the risk of encountering asbestos, a leading cause of some forms of cancer. More than a quarter of workplace deaths occur on the building site and construction accident compensation is one of the most common work accident claims.
Mining is nowhere near as common as it used to be, but the mine continues to be one of the most dangerous places to work. Miners tend to use heavy machinery and there is always a risk of collapse and entrapment.
If you have suffered injuries at work and it was not your fault, Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a claim and get the work accident compensation you deserve. The helpline is open 24 hours a day and most cases are dealt with over the telephone without the need to go to court.