There’s nothing better than getting into the Christmas spirit and raising the merry atmosphere in work, although people often forget that losing a little bit of concentration over the festive period can lead to a spectrum of different accidents.
We have compiled the top five work-related accidents into a list so that you know what to be aware of in work over Christmas:
With more stressed and often frenzied drivers and motorcycle riders on the road throughout the festive period, the chances of a road traffic accident happening during rush hour and on your way to and from work become higher, since more people feel the need to get to their desired destination at a quicker speed; whether that’s rushing to the shops after work or in your lunch hour to buy presents, or if you are running late for work due to early morning Christmas shopping online.
Also adding to the rise in road traffic accidents are the poorer weather conditions that winter brings, including the darker and more dismal mornings and evenings, which lead to a lot more tired and distracted drivers, so take extra care when driving to work during these times.
Slips and trips happen so frequently that they’re the most common accidents to happen in Britain and in the working environment all throughout the year. With Christmas decorations being put up and colleagues organising events and activities in the workplace, there are more obstacles and hazards, meaning a higher chance in accidents occurring.
Work hazards and unsafe working environments can result in both minor and major injuries if a person has slipped, tripped or fallen, for which that person may be able to make a slip, trip, and fall claim, providing that accident was a result of someone else’s negligence.
In some instances, although rare, people fall victim to food poisoning caused by uncooked meat or food items served at their work’s Christmas party. When this happens, a person may be entitled to claim compensation for food poisoning.
When it comes to health and safety in the workplace, some people are confused about what to do in the event of an accident at work. Work-related liability claims are at an all-time high, so it is imperative for everyone to be as well-informed as possible when it comes to taking appropriate precautions to prevent burns, especially those that may be caused by fire, festive/fairy lights, or even Christmas candles in the workplace.
Important note - An inspection and service must have been carried out on all fire extinguishers.
Manual handling accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries in the workplace, whether it be in an office, warehouse or out on an industrial site. Injuries caused by manual handling/lifting are usually back or shoulder related, and are often a result of an employer not adhering to the health and safety guidelines. Whether it was a one-off incident that caused the injury or it was due to repetitive lifting on a more regular basis, you could be entitled to workplace manual handling accident compensation.
There is no right or wrong time to suffer a manual handling accident injury, although financial losses through being unable to work as a result of the injury can sometimes have more of an impact over the festive season.
As high as 70,116 employee injuries (non-fatal) were reported by employers in 2016/17*, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It is therefore important that we always carry out tasks at work with proper care, especially during Christmas.
If you have suffered an accident at work that could have been avoided if it wasn’t for someone else’s negligent behaviour, contact our expert advisers at Cute Injury today to find out how we can help.
(*Source – HSE - Non-fatal injuries at work in Great Britain - http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causinj/).
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