Whatever your job, the threat of workplace injuries is never far away. Admittedly, those who work in construction, or similar industries, may face more obvious threats to their safety at work, but that’s not to say that hazards don’t also lie in even the quietest office.
The aftermath of suffering workplace injuries can be hugely damaging, in both a physical and emotional sense. Part of the problem is that workplace injuries can sometimes be traced back to the most unlikely of sources.
Having said that, you’d have to go some distance to beat the following list for bizarre injuries in the workplace.
The first story is a wince-inducing tale of a construction site accident. Back in 2003 in California, Ron Hunt was drilling whilst stood on top of a ladder. Disaster struck and the builder fell, the 18-inch drill bit piercing straight through his eye and out the back of his skull.
Miraculously, Hunt wasn’t killed. He wasn’t even paralysed or brain damaged. The fact that this didn’t turn into gravely serious, or even fatal, workplace injuries is down to pure luck.
From the eye-waveringly painful, to the downright bizarre. Former Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney once got so irate at the performances of the defenders in front of him that, rather then simply shouting himself hoarse, he ended up berating his hapless team-mates until he broke his jaw.
Back in America and a volunteer at a tourist park suffered serious workplace injuries following an accident whilst carrying out one of the riskier tasks of his day to day work.
The task in question was feeding bears, and on this particular day the man was attacked and mauled, and was lucky to escape with his life.
Finally, a teaching assistant in Britain suffered severe damage from a seemingly innocuous accident at work. Whist moving a wheelchair, she tripped on a loose strap and suffered an injured shoulder and dislocated finger.
The workplace injuries led to the victim suffering from ongoing reflex sympathetic dystrophy, which is when the nervous system malfunctions and causes both pain and swelling.
If you have suffered an accident at work at any point in the last three years and your subsequent injuries required medical attention then providing the accident wasn’t your fault, you may well be due some work accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with winning your claim for personal injury compensation. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown