Common causes of Work Accidents
Slip, Trip and fall
Slips, trips and falls are on of the most common causes of personal injuries sustained in the workplace. Wherever your work setting is – whether that is a shop, factory or an office, you’re likely to encounter a slippery, uneven, or hazardous surface at some stage. These accidents are completely avoidable where the correct safety measures are in place and your employer may be found liable if it is shown that they were negligent in ensuring a safe working environment for their employees.
There is a certain risk associated with working, so it is important that employees are properly trained on how to correctly use equipment and machinery. Inadequate training can lead to accidents and injury of both employees and members of the public. Insufficient training, for example manual handling training, is a common cause of workplace accidents so it is important that employees attend any training that is provided to them prior to completing a job.
If an employer is acting negligently during the course of their work, it is likely that an accident will occur. The chance of an accident occurring is greater if any machinery being used is not used for the purpose intended. If you have been injured while using machinery and it has been found that you were acting in an unsafe manner, it is likely that you will be found liable. Another example of this is if the employees are not wearing the correct protective equipment.
It is the responsibility of an employer to ensure that all equipment and machinery used in the workplace is maintained to a high standard to ensure the safe use and health and safety of employees. The improper use of equipment and machinery due to a lack of training can also result in an accident at work.
Vehicle Crashes and Collisions
These types of workplace accidents may involve cars, lorries or even other vehicles such as forklift trucks. These accidents include:
Being struck by a moving vehicle,
Being struck by falling objects from vehicle
Falling from a vehicle or getting stuck or crushed by overturned vehicles
Objects falling from a height
Those using a forklift or cherry picker may be varying items at more of a height than it is likely that items may fall from the forklift or cherry pickers injuring other employees or members of the public. It is important that the precautions are in place to reduce the risk of items falling if they are not secured properly.
Falling from a height
Falling from a height, while more common in construction or manual work environments, is also common in other environments such as office, retails, ect. Falling from a height usually means that the person was either:
Working on a ladder,
Using a step ladder to reach a high place,
Working on a fragile surface,
Falling from a high vehicle