Common workplace accidents that happen every day
Workplace accidents are unfortunately quite common. Thankfully, most accidents result in an extremely mild injury or in no injury at all. However, some accidents are more serious and a proportion have life-threatening or life-changing implications for the victim.
Workplace accidents can be split into several categories and some of these are considered here. If you have been injured in any of the below workplace accidents and the accident was not your fault you can contact Accident Advice Helpline for some further advice. They are a law firm and will advise you about whether your claim is likely to successful and guide you through the process of making a claim. They can be contacted anytime of the day or night on a 24 hour telephone helpline or via the internet.
Common workplace accidents – being hit by an object
Many people are injured in work because they have been hit or struck by an object. The seriousness of the injury will depend on the weight, size and speed of the object and on the part of the body that was hit. For example, very serious head injuries can be caused by heavy objects falling from a great height. Employers have a duty to protect workers from this type of accident by securing objects correctly so that they don’t fall; by having safe systems of work so that people are not underneath them if they do fall and by providing protective equipment such as hard hats and safety boots or shoes. Others include:
- Objects free falling from machinery or vehicles
- Objects ejected from machinery or hand tools
- Material under pressure
- Objects ejected by an explosion
- Moving vehicles
Common workplace accidents – manual handling
Manual handling is the process of moving things around. If you are required to move things around as part of your job then your employer should have assessed the risks and ensured that you have the appropriate equipment, training and supervision to do it safely. Some examples of manual handling accidents are:
- Injured while moving a person
- Injured while handling a person using handling equipment
- Injured when lifting or putting down loads
- Injured carrying a load
Common workplace accidents – slips, trips and falls
These are the most common work place accident and can happen in any workplace ranging from a construction site to an office in a tower block. Some people just consider a slip, trip or fall to be bad luck and do not consider making a claim for compensation. However, the majority are preventable and if it can be shown that your fall was your employer’s fault you may be able to make a claim. The expert legal partners at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to advise on this. Some examples of slips, trips and falls at work:
- Slipping on a wet surface
- Tripping over uneven floor (manhole, cavity, channel, drain)
- Tripping over an obstruction (work materials, boxes)
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now for more information.
Date Published: 27th September 2013