COLLISIONS

Collisions may happen at any workplace regardless of the type of industry. Of course, construction sites or warehouses are at a greater risk of collision with falling or moving objects like industrial vehicles as well as stationary or fixed objects but collision accidents may also occur in the office or a hospital as well as on the road whilst in charge of a company’s vehicle.

ELECTROCUTION

When the electrical voltage goes through the body and heats up the muscle tissues people suffer an electric shock, often causing electrical burn injuries that require hospitalization, surgery and can also cause permanent disabilities. Electrical burn injuries can occur even after just one second of electrocution.

FALLING FROM HEIGHT

Falling from a height might result in fatal or life-changing injuries, which can cause emotional distress and financial strains. The Work at Height Regulations (2005) requires employers to avoid the need of working at height but if this is not possible employers have to ensure the safety of their employees, which includes providing the proper equipment and training.

FALLING OBJECTS

Some workplaces are more likely to have higher risks of falling object accidents (such as construction sites, or warehouses) that may cause serious injuries as well as fatalities. Likely situations where objects may fall and injure often include:

Absence of visible signage or barriers to warn employees of the potential dangers.
Collapse of a wall, ceiling, floor, roof or other structures
Falling tools which have not been securely fastened.
Goods falling from a warehouse shelf onto workers below
Lack of safety equipment.
Objects dropped or dislodged by individuals working at height, such as scaffolding, roofs, etc.
Objects falling from overloaded fork-lift trucks, cranes, hoists, or other weight-bearing equipment. 

FARM ACCIDENTS

Due to the high rate of serious and fatal injuries sustained in the farming industry employers should take extra care to ensure workers are not put at risk of injury whilst working on the farm as there are many hazards such as:

Injuries caused by animals
Machinery accidents
Toxic substances
Trips and falls 

HARMFUL SUBSTANCES & RADIATION

The effects that toxic substances and radiation can have on a person vary depending on the harmfulness of the substance itself, the degree of exposure, and the individual being affected. The most common hazardous substances claims are related to:

Air pollution
Arsenic poisoning
Carbon monoxide
Chloride (PVC)
Contaminated soil
Lead poisoning
Pesticides
Radiation

LOUD NOISE

Exposure to loud noise at work can compromise safety and damage people's hearing. It is recommended to wear ear protection when the noise level exceeds 80 decibels to avoid Noise-Induced Hearing Loss or Industrial Deafness. The fact is that the level of noise due to the use of heavy machinery on construction or industrial sites can exceed 80 decibels but surprisingly the noise level in bars, pubs, night-clubs or concert venues might go well beyond that threshold.

MACHINERY ACCIDENTS

Workplaces, where machinery is used on a daily basis, such as factories, farms, construction sites, recycling centres and garages, are very dangerous because the nature of the injuries is likely to be much more serious in comparison with other industries.

MANUAL HANDLING & LIFTING

Over a third of workplace injuries occur as a result of manual handling. If you are asked to move objects as part of your duties at work, your employer is required by law to ensure you’ve been adequately trained and have the appropriate equipment to do so safely to avoid any injuries.

SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS

According to RIDDOR, over a quarter of all accidents at work are related to slips, trips and falls. Slippery or damaged floor surfaces, spillages, poor lighting or signage, loose cables, contamination can all contribute to thousands of workplace accidents that happen in the UK every year. 

VIABRATION

According to RIDDOR, over a quarter of all accidents at work are related to slips, trips and falls. Slippery or damaged floor surfaces, spillages, poor lighting or signage, loose cables, contamination can all contribute to thousands of workplace accidents that happen in the UK every year. 

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

No one should be the victim of any form of workplace violence but unfortunately, there are thousands of cases where workers receive physical or verbal abuse, assault or harassment from a colleague, customer or a patient. Your employer has a duty of care to prevent all the above from happening, however, if the worst has happened and you want to find out whether you can claim, fill in the inquiry form on our website. If any questions do not hesitate to call us on:

03334446449during working hours (8 am-8 pm Monday-Friday) or;
07525346449 outside working hours (24/7/365) and we’ll tell you how we can help. 

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