Top 10 common workplace accidents and your rights

Workplace injuries continue to occur, with many stemming from accidents or a lack of adherence to safety procedures. In the period from 2020 to 2021, the Health and Safety Executive reported a total of 441,000 non-fatal workplace injuries across various sectors, including construction, hospitality, agriculture, and offices.

Work-related injuries vary in severity, from minor incidents to severe accidents that can disrupt one’s life and work. In this article, we’ll outline the ten most prevalent workplace injuries and discuss your options for compensation through personal injury claims.

The most common accidents at work

Workplace injuries encompass any harm suffered while on the job. While improvements in health and safety regulations have led to a decline in such incidents, accidents at work still occur due to employer negligence and unsafe working conditions. Here are the top 10 common workplace accidents:

  1. Slips, trips, and falls (33%)

Slips, trips, and falls are the most frequent workplace accidents in the UK. They often result from slippery floors due to improper cleaning or spilled substances. Employers must display wet floor signs to warn employees and ensure safe walking conditions.


  1. Handling, lifting, or carrying

Jobs involving lifting or carrying items pose risks of strains and sprains. Employers should provide proper lifting techniques and assistance when dealing with heavy objects.


  1. Struck by a moving object

Being struck by a moving object, such as falling debris or vehicles like forklifts, can cause serious injuries. Employers must offer training and safety measures to prevent such accidents.


  1. Violence and aggression

Victims of workplace violence may be eligible for compensation if their employer failed to ensure their safety. Criminal injuries compensation might also be an option.


  1. Falls from height

Working at heights can be perilous, necessitating safety harnesses and comprehensive training. Falls from ladders or scaffolding can lead to severe injuries or fatalities, warranting strict safety protocols.


  1. Cuts and lacerations

Machinery and blades present risks of cuts and lacerations. Adequate protective equipment and access to first aid are essential to prevent and address such injuries.


  1. Exposure to loud noises

Working in noisy environments, like concert venues or construction sites, can lead to hearing damage. Employers must provide appropriate hearing protection to prevent conditions like tinnitus and hearing loss.


  1. Inhalation of toxic fumes

In jobs involving toxic substances, the risk of eye and skin injuries, burns, or long-term health issues is present. Employers should supply protective gear like goggles and gloves.


  1. Crashes

Workplace crashes range from minor to severe and can often be prevented. Proper training and licensing for machinery operators and a hazard-free workplace are essential measures.


  1. Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs)

RSIs, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, may not seem severe initially but can lead to long-lasting health issues. Employers must provide proper training and support for manual labourers to prevent RSIs.

How SilverOak Solicitors can assist you

If you’ve suffered a work-related injury due to employer negligence or a co-worker’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation. SilverOak Solicitors have extensive experience helping individuals pursue compensation after accidents at work. We can guide you through the process, ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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