When we go to work every day, we expect to do our job, come home and relax or take part in our usual hobbies and activities. Nobody expects to be injured in an accident at work, yet every day hundreds of people are injured in workplace accidents across the country. There are hazards in every type of workplace imaginable, from warehouses and factories to shops and offices. But it’s how your employer manages these hazards that makes the difference when it comes to being injured in an accident. A negligent employer could ignore health and safety risks and as a result, you could be injured at work. If any of these workplace hazards examples caused your accident, you could find you are entitled to claim personal injury compensation within three years of your accident.
What are the most common workplace hazards examples?
Obviously, the hazards you’ll encounter at work will largely depend on the type of environment you’re working in. For example, the hazards in a factory will be very different from those in an office. But there are some workplace hazards examples which crop up time and again and are responsible for the majority of accidents at work. Here are a few:
- Damaged flooring, which could lead to a slip, trip or fall
- Poor lighting which reduces visibility and could cause an accident
- Faulty machinery which could cause injuries to workers
- Poorly set up workstations in offices, which could lead to repetitive strain injury
- Hazardous chemicals which could cause dermatitis or breathing difficulties
- Scaffolding that has not been properly erected and could collapse, causing crush injuries
- Faulty electrical equipment that could cause an electric shock or electrical fire
- Trailing cables that could lead to a trip
These are just some of the hazards you may come across in the average workplace. Most of these can be managed to reduce the risk of accidents – for example, machinery can be inspected and maintained, and electrical equipment should be regularly PAT tested.
How have you been injured at work?
It may be that you sprained your ankle after tripping over cables in the office. Or perhaps you have suffered serious crush injuries caused by faulty machinery whilst working in a factory. However you’ve been injured, you could claim compensation provided you sought medical attention after your accident. Just call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and we’ll be able to help you.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen