The Who, What, Where and How of Accidents at Work


Accidents happen, they can happen anywhere, including your place of work. However, not all workplaces or accidents are the same. Therefore we've put together this guide which sets out the types of accidents that can occur, their most common victims, and how they can happen.

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Manual Handling Accounts for 1 in 3 Accidents at Work

Manual handling is relevant to a whole host of jobs and covers a wide range of activities. These can include but are not limited to: lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, and moving holding or restraining objects animals, or people.

The kinds of industries that involve manual handling in the workplace include construction, transport and storage, gardening and agriculture, and even areas such as retail. Manual handling often puts stress on vulnerable areas such as the back and shoulders.

The fact that manual handling causes so many injuries in different industries has led to many employees being required to undergo some degree of training, especially where they have to handle heavier items. The training often covers how to pick up and move objects safely, but can often be quite brief. The procedure for picking up and moving things should be made clear to you, and you should be taught how to lift heavy items safely.

If you are ever in any doubt, you should ask.

Slips, Trips, and Falls Account for over 50% of Major Injuries

The most common types of injuries caused by slips, trips and falls are head, back, and leg injuries. They can occur in any job, anywhere, as a result of slippery surfaces to uneven flooring. Major injuries to these areas can be disabling, and so while a slip trip or fall may be the source of some humour, they can be very serious.

The approaches taken to reduce slips, trips and falls often involve putting up appropriate signage. A 'CAUTION WET FLOOR' sign should be placed after a floor has just been cleaned or there has been a spillage. 'MIND THE STEP' signs should be erected where there is a danger of trips or falls from concealed steps or places where they are not obvious.

Vehicles In and Around the Workplace

By their very nature, vehicles can be dangerous in the workplace, and accidents can even result in death. Around 70 people per year are killed by accidents involving vehicles, and some 2000 seriously injured. Forklift trucks and delivery vehicles are common in warehouses, but it is not just about people being hit by these vehicles.

Employees have been known to fall from certain vehicles or be hit by an item the vehicle is carrying, especially where they haven’t been loaded correctly.

Accidents Caused by other Employees and Colleagues

Employers can often be legally responsible for the actions of their employees whilst at work and doing their job. If, for example an employee has left something on the floor out of plain sight, and then you trip and fall over it, the employer could be held responsible for the careless actions of the employee that left out the offending object.

Think We Can Help You?

These are the most common types of accidents at work that are seen. The accident you may have had could be different - one person's problem is likely not the same as somebody else's.

There is no exhaustive list of personal injury claims, and so if you're in any doubt after reading this guide, it could be worth taking advantage of free initial advice from a personal injury solicitor, or asking us a question online, in confidence, through our enquiry form.

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