What are the most common accidents at work?
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) an estimated 629,000 workers had an accident at work in 2013/14. Of these, 77,593 were injured as a result and 133 died. Although those working in certain industries – such as construction and agriculture – are more at risk of being injured in the workplace, all employees including office workers are exposed to a whole range of potential accidents at work. The most recent statistics show that:
● falls from height account for around a third of fatal injuries
● over half of reported major specified injuries are caused by slips, trips and falls from height
● around 10% of major specified injuries were caused by being struck by a moving object
● lifting and handling accounts for around 30% of over-seven-day injuries
● physical assault is the most common major specified injury after lifting and handling, closely followed by injury caused by machinery
Is my employer responsible for safety at work?
Employers have a duty to protect all their employees and inform them about any health and safety issues in the workplace. They also have a legal obligation to report certain accidents in the workplace and generally must pay for sickness absence due to an accident at work.
Your employer must carry out a risk assessment and ensure that measures are taken to prevent accidents or occupational health issues.
Can I claim compensation for a workplace accident?
If you have been injured in an accident at work and you think your employer is at fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Claims generally need to be made within three years of the date of the accident.
The personal injury team at CH Legal has recovered compensation for many workers who have been injured due to accidents at work. We can advise you on your rights and the possibility of compensation. To find out how we can help, contact Thomas Phillips or phone 0845 4786 354.