Are you considering making a workplace injury claim in the UK?
Every year, thousands of employees make a successful workplace injury claim in the UK. The range of accidents happening in our places of work is astonishing. To give you an idea of the kind of cases we fight on behalf of our clients, here are a few of the most common types of injuries.
Common injuries resulting in a workplace injury claim in theUK and Ireland:
Slips, trips and falls
The most common workplace injury claim in the UK, is a slip, trip or fall. Unfortunately, so many employers neglect basic health and safety guidance in the workplace. Many slips are caused by unfit flooring, poor cleaning schemes or inadequate signage. Trips are often the result of trailing wires or obstacles such as boxes blocking walkways. Falls are frequently caused by inadequate safety equipment or improper use of steps, stairs and ladders. Many of these injuries are avoidable just by following health and safety guidance.
A shocking workplace accident statistic is the number of industrial injuries that still take place. Many employers still fail to protect their employees from specific industrial injuries. For example, workers using power tools still suffer from the debilitating condition hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Also known as white finger, there should be no excuse for anyone to suffer from this in the workplace. The Health & Safety Executive offers very clear guidance on the recommended use of vibration power tools, including tool maintenance and maximum periods of use. But there are still far to many workers making HAVS workplace injury claims, UK-wide.
Repetitive strain injury is still a common workplace injury claim in the UK, within offices. Yet this condition can be largely avoided by workstation assessment and the provision of recommended, low cost safety equipment. The very small financial cost of mitigating the risk of repetitive strain caused by computer and keyboard use means that this should now be a very low risk – yet the claims rate is still high throughout the UK.
Faulty machinery or incorrect use of machinery
Often a workplace accident claim statistics report is related to the use of machinery. Most people realise that an employer is liable if they allow their employees to use machinery that is faulty or hasn’t been maintained. But not so many people realise that if they suffer an injury because they didn’t know how to use a piece of machinery properly, the employer is still likely to be at fault. Your employer has a duty to make sure you are properly trained to use any equipment you need to do your job.
Let us help
If you feel that your employer has let you down and that you could make a workplace accident claim, call our professional advisers today and see what help we can offer you.
Call 0800 689 0500 from your landline or 0333 500 0993 free from a mobile.
Date Published: 23rd June 2013