According to self-reports from the Labour Force Survey, 581,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury in the workplace in 2018/19. From carrying things that are too heavy and being hit by falling objects, to falling from a great height and suffering from an act of violence, even the most careful of us can fall victim to accidents at work. If you have ever suffered an injury on the job, it’s vital that reach out to accident at work solicitors, who will be more than happy to help.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulations (RIDDOR) states that injuries (and deaths) must only be reported when there has been an accident that has caused the injury, that the accident was work-related, and that the injury is of a type that is reportable.
What are the most common accidents in the workplace?
In 2018/19, almost 30% of those that suffered a non-fatal injury slipped, tripped or fell in the workplace. The second most common accident involved handling, lifting or carrying. In addition to that, 10% were injured due to being struck by a moving object. Of those that were injured, 138,000 needed to take over 7 days off work. In total, 28.2 million working days were lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries.
What industries have the most injuries and why?
The industries that had statistically significantly higher injury rates in 2018/19 included:
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Public administration and defence
- Wholesale and retail trade
What should you do if you are injured at work?
In the UK, business owners and employers are legally responsible for the wellbeing of their staff. It is their duty to ensure that every employee is safe – at all times. In order to meet those guidelines, employers must conform to Health & Safety regulations.
If you are injured at work due to the negligence of your employer, you can claim compensation. There are many expert solicitors that will listen to your scenario and provide you with fantastic, helpful advice. Once the accident has happened, it is a good idea to note down the contact details of anyone who witnessed it and take photos of your injury, as well as whatever caused your accident.
What fears are attached with work injury claims?
Some individuals believe that if they make a claim against their employer, they can be sacked. If this has ever stopped you from coming forward, you must know that you cannot be dismissed for bringing a claim against them.