There are many different ways in which accidents at work happen. Equally, the types of injury people suffer in work accidents vary.
If the accident victim is fortunate, they will escape with minor injuries, such as sprains, minor cuts, or whiplash injuries. The less fortunate can suffer broken limbs, burns or lacerations. Workplace accidents, at their most severe level, cause serious injuries of a life-changing nature.
Sadly, too, some workers lose their lives in accidents at work. In 2022/2023, there were 135 fatal accidents in UK accidents at work.
Here are some of the types of injuries suffered by workers in workplace accidents in the past year:
- Minor bumps, bruises and cuts.
- Sprained ankles and wrists are often caused by falls on the level and from heights.
- Back injuries are prevalent. This type of accident can result from manual handling accidents, but they are also the consequence of many a slip, trip or fall accident.
- Whiplash injury is not only a common feature in road traffic accidents. People also suffer whiplash because of slips, trips and fall accidents at work.
- Head injuries resulting from work accidents range from minor concussions caused by a blow to the head after a slip, trip and fall accident to severe traumatic brain injury caused by falling object accidents and falls from height.
- Broken bones/ fractured bones – a frequent workplace injury across many sectors – from office tripping accidents to crushing accidents on defective machinery to slips to being hit by a moving object.
- Burns and scars – These are common in chemical accidents or accidents involving blowtorches or welding equipment. Unsurprisingly, scars and burn injuries are a common consequence of accidents in professional kitchens.
- Amputation or severe limb damage – Factory accidents and any setting where improperly guarded or otherwise defective machinery results in injury can lead to limbs getting so severely damaged they require amputation.
- Hearing loss is associated with working in constantly noisy environments without adequate PPE, usually ear protectors.
- Industrial Diseases such as asbestos disease and industrial asthma are still being diagnosed. They are the result of historical exposure to toxic substances in the workplace.
Whatever the type of injury, if you suffer an injury at work because of your employer’s negligence, it will be possible to make an injury at work claim in the expectation of it being successful.