Common examples of accidents at work

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Accidents at work can happen at any time and to anyone whether you work in an office, a shop or warehouse.   Many of these will depend on the type of working environment e.g. Repetitive Strain Injury is more likely to happen in an office and back injuries from manual work.

Though it is the responsibility of your employer to minimise the risk of accidents, they do unfortunately happen from time to time.

There are many different types of injuries that can happen in the work place including:

Slips and trips – almost a third of accidents that happen in the workplace are a consequence of slips and trips.  Slip and trip injuries happen mainly because of wet floors due to poor housekeeping or bad weather, or objects obstructing the walkway such as cables or uneven floors.  These injuries can range from minor bumps and bruises to major fractures.

Lifting – again this is another major cause of workplace accidents.  Lifting accidents are more likely to occur amongst those employees who have to undertake manual handling including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying large items on a regular basis.   An injury can happen if they do not do the manoeuvre correctly or have not been shown how to do it properly in line with health and safety procedures.

Falls – this type of accident can include falling from ladders or other raised platforms such as scaffolding.  Fall injuries can range from minor sprains or strains to major head or back injuries and fractures.

Workplace traffic accidents – these can occur in any workplace that uses motorised vehicles e.g. warehouse, airport etc.  Injuries can occur if the vehicle overturns or crashes or items fall from it.

Burns – it is not only those working in kitchens who can suffer minor or major burn injuries, but those undertaking electrical work can also suffer from burns usually as a result of an electric shock.

Back and neck injuries – though working in an office can seem safe enough, sitting in the same position from time to time can sometimes lead to back and neck injuries.  This can happen if you are not sitting in the correct position i.e. chair too high or low for your desk, no back support, computer to low so slouching over your desk.

Driving accidents – these occur to those who have to drive as part of their job e.g. taxi driver, courier, fast food delivery, sales rep etc.

Heavy equipment – employees who work with plant and heavy equipment such as the construction industry can suffer from major work accidents.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) – is caused by overusing the hands or arms to do a repetitive task for a long period of time e.g. typing, driving, writing, factory work.

Vision problems – this injury can mostly occur to those who work with computers on a daily basis.  It is becoming a more common injury due to the common use of computers in the workplace.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – is a type of anxiety disorder that can arise after you have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. PTSD is more common in jobs such as driving as you could be involved in a bad car accident, or working in an industry that could be held up e.g. bookmakers, bank or post office.

We are happy to help with any accidents you have had in your work place.  We will work with you to identify if the accident occurred due to the negligence of your employer.