Did you know that three types of work accident account for half of all the fatal injuries to workers in the UK?
According to the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive, falls from height are responsible for the most workplace deaths, followed by contact with moving machinery and being hit by a vehicle.
Overall, however, the most common type of workplace accident involves slips and trips, which, although they account for only tiny fraction of fatalities, are the cause of more than a third (36%) of all injuries reported to the HSE. Moreover, slip and trip accidents and manual handling incidents made up for 2.1 million lost working days in 2014/15.
Other common types of workplace accident include:
- Forklift accidents - particularly in warehouses, large retail operations and on construction sites etc.
- Falls from vehicles - in agriculture (tractors), construction (forklifts trucks and telescopic handlers etc.
- Ladder accidents - Particularly in construction, maintenance and anywhere workers use ladders to work at height
- Plant and equipment accidents - such as guard-related injuries, crush injuries, particularly in manufacturing and heavy industry
- Hazardous substances - chemical burns, and respiratory problems, including asbestos exposure.
- Falling objects - dropped tools and heavy loads etc.
- Accidents in confined spaces - particularly during maintenance of machinery and plant.
- Needlestick accidents - workers in hospital and healthcare services and waste disposal services.
- Manual handling accidents - lifting and carrying incidents.
- Unsafe work equipment - particularly relating to badly maintained equipment or lack of training in use of tools and machinery.
Whatever the circumstances of your accident in the workplace, speaking with an experienced personal injury solicitor can help you ensure that you realise your legal rights and achieve the best possible result in the quickest possible time.
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The amount of damages you receive for your work injury will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries as well as the value of your losses. For a free, informal chat about your possible claim or to begin your fight for compensation today, simply fill out an online claim form so that we can deal with your case with the detail and efficiency it deserves.