7 Of the Most Common Workplace Injuries

What is the most common cause of accidents in the workplace?

There are many causes and different types of accidents that can happen in the workplace:

1 – Slips, trips and falls

Starting off with the simplest, but most common workplace accident out there – the slip, trip or fall.

In many workplaces, a slip can result in little more than a bumped head and bruised pride, but there are some workplaces more dangerous than others.

Falls from height statistics from RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) show that in 2017/18 there were 35 workplace deaths in the UK from falling – a quarter of all deaths in the workplace that year.

2 – Crushed by vehicles and machines

Proper training and safety procedures are paramount – and failure to follow the health and safety guidelines can lead to disaster.

Being trapped and subsequently crushed under, or by, machines is a hazard that causes many industry injuries.

Take special care around vehicles and other moving machines.

3 - Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

It may seem minor when compared to some of the others on this list, but the damage that can be done through repetitive strain injury is very real – with some sufferers left unable to get out of bed or lift a toothbrush.

It may not feature in any list of workplace death statistics, but RSI affects hundreds of thousands of workers in the UK, from supermarket workers to office administrators.

4 - Breathing in toxic substances

There is an entire branch of the health and safety executive (HSE) dedicated to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

Their regulations help inform on how to avoid injuries for those working with hazardous substances – from asbestos to mercury.

Your employer has a duty of care to provide a safe working environment, which means following a process of assessment, prevention, protection, monitoring, training and review.

Failure to maintain a safe workplace becomes employer negligence and is a strong basis for a compensation claim.

5 – Loud noises

Whether a high level of sound in the daily working environment or a sudden unexpected cacophony, the suffering that can come from a hearing-related injury is debilitating and can lead to depression and even death.

Part of your employer’s duty of care includes keeping sound levels to a prescribed maximum and providing personal protection equipment (PPE) in the form of ear protectors if the level of background noise is particularly high.

Damage such as tinnitus, hearing loss and constant head pain can all be linked to noise exposure at work and affects many occupations, from those who work with aeroplanes, to concert sound engineers.

6 – Workplace violence

Fights at work contribute to a substantial amount of work-related compensation claims.

Over 600,000 incidents of violence at work were reported in 2016/17 according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), and while thankfully the majority of those resulted in no injury, over a third did end in someone being hurt – that’s more than 200,000 reported injuries from fighting in a single year!

7 – Explosions!

Though they are not really as common as all that, explosions resulting in injury and death do happen – and many of them could be avoided if proper safety regulations were followed.

Not always a cinema-esque ball of fire in the background with the hero walking into the camera with barely a glance to the devastation behind him, explosions and fires at work can result in significant injury.

Have you suffered an injury at work?

Have you suffered from anything on this list of workplace accidents? If your employer has failed to maintain a responsible level of safety in the workplace leading to an injury for you or a colleague, give us a call at Cute Injury today and we’ll help you get the financial compensation you deserve.

Call now or use our contact form to arrange a callback at a convenient time and you could be on your way to a significant payout to help with your recovery.

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