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Three Common Causes of Accidents in the Workplace

It’s a quite incredible fact that in the last decade over 300 million working days have been lost in the UK due to work-related injuries and illnesses. What’s more, the latest data from the Health and Safety Executive reveals that while the overall number of lost days has been in decline, the total actually went up in 2011/12, increasing the number of people who could be in line for work accident compensation.

These shocking figures highlight the dangers that still lurk within our workplaces. Although standards have improved dramatically over the last century, there are still many aspects of the typical workplace that can affect our health.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common causes of workplace illnesses and injuries:


1. Slips and trips

Four in 10 major injuries in the workplace were caused by slipping or tripping, with those affected most likely to be working in the manufacturing, health and social care, transportation and storage, or wholesale and retail sectors. Interestingly, more women than men were injured by slips or trips.


2. Falls, collisions and lifting

A further third of major injuries suffered in the workplace happened as a result of accidents that often, though certainly not exclusively, happened in more labour-intensive jobs in the industrial sector. Falls from height was the most likely reason, followed by those struck by a moving object, while lifting, handling and carrying accounted for the other injuries in this category.


3. Vehicle-related injuries

A common cause in 2011-12 was vehicle-related injuries that happened on work premises such as car parks and loading bays. Workers in the water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation sectors were at the most risk of injury.


These are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the range of different injuries and more gradual illnesses that can result from the workplace. For more information about work accident compensation, visit

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  1. Nancy Bowers says:

    There will always be accidents. Hopefully ways can lower the numbers but thank God for workman’s comp!

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