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The workplace is not always a place you wish to be. Even if you love your job, it’s still possible to have days where you would rather be doing something else. However, no matter how satisfied you are with your career, the workplace is a place you should always feel comfortable and safe. Accidents at work are one of the many accident claims that solicitors come across on a frequent basis. There are several types of workplace accidents, such as falling from heights, machinery injuries and strains from repetitive tasks. There are certain jobs and industries where the danger is even more prevalent, but every working environment has its hazards. It’s extremely important that employers provide a safe working environment for all staff as well as visitors.
Fatal Accident Claims
Fatal Accident Claims, a specialist firm of solicitors in Liverpool in dealing with accident claims, have provided the following list of the five most common accidents in the workplace.
1) Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls are consistently at the top of the list when it comes to accidents at work. This type of accident is especially dangerous for workers who must deal with high heights such as scaffolders and builders. However, this type of accident can still happen within any workplace even if it isn’t part of the job description. These accidents can be caused by poor floor surfaces, loose objects and improper use of equipment. To prevent slips, trips and falls, employers and their employees should ensure that the workplace is kept well-maintained and that any hazards are clearly marked for all to see.
2) Repetitive Strains
Repetitive strains and overexertion are next on our list of the most common workplace accidents. This can happen within any industry but is particularly common for those working in an office. Repetitive strain injuries are often overlooked by employers, but it can lead to more severe situations. Repetitive strains can occur when someone performs the same task over and over without a break. If you are working at a desk, for instance, it’s important to maintain proper posture and stand up at regular intervals. Repetitive strains can lead to complex issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
3) Machinery Injuries
If you work in the manufacturing industry or your role involves using specialised equipment, you will likely come across machinery which can be dangerous if used improperly. If employees are required to use machinery as part of their job, it’s important that adequate steps are taken to prevent injury. No one should use the equipment until they have received appropriate training and a risk assessment has been carried out. Accidents that can occur include fingers becoming trapped, clothing or hair getting caught, and objects unexpectedly flying off. As well as training, employees should also receive suitable protection wear as required.
4) Vehicle-Related Accidents
Following on from the previous accident, your job may involve the use of vehicles even in situations you may not expect. This type of accident is quite specific to certain industries but nonetheless is extremely common. Vehicles can be involved in a workplace environment in several situations. Even office jobs may be affected should there be a car park on the premises. Transportation jobs, such as tax drivers, delivery drivers and bus drivers, must require that all drivers are fully qualified and appropriate vehicles are used. Forklifts and heavy goods vehicles are also common hazards, especially when loading and unloading large quantity items. Like the point number 3, employees should receive necessary training before driving any vehicle for work-related purposes.
5) Cuts and Lacerations
We’ve all received a cut and laceration at some point in our lives. Even if it’s just a simple paper cut to a finger! A lot of cuts will heal in no time and you might not even notice it, but some can be much more severe. Work environments should always be tidy and organised with no loose or broken items clogging up the place. Workplaces that use sharp and bladed equipment will provide an extra level of danger when it comes to cuts and lacerations. Protection gear should always be worn, adequate safety policies should be implemented and appreciate training should be provided.
Have You Been Involved in an Accident at Work?
If you have been involved in an accident at work, don’t wait around. It is the responsibility of your employer to maintain the health and safety of all staff within the workplace environment. Failure to do so may result in a successful compensation claim should an accident occur. Get in touch with Fatal Accident Claims to receive free, no obligation advice on whether you have a legitimate claim to pursue.