There many different ways in which accidents at work happen. Equally, the types of injury that people suffer in accidents at work are broad and varied.
If the accident victim is fortunate, they will escape with relatively minor injuries, such as sprains, minor cuts, or whiplash injuries. The less fortunate can suffer broken limbs, burns or lacerations. At their most severe level, workplace accidents cause serious injuries of a life-changing nature.
Sadly too, some workers lose their lives in accidents at work. In 2019/2020, there were 111 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 – falls on the level and from heights are a common cause.
- 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 a common not only a common feature in road traffic accidents. People also suffer whiplash as a result of slips, trips and fall accidents at work.
- Head injuries resulting from work accidents range from minor concussion caused by a blow to the head after a slip, trip and fall accidents through severe traumatic brain injury caused by falling object accidents and falls from height.
- Broken bones/ fractured bones – a frequent workplace accident 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 the use of blowtorches or welding equipment. Scars and burns injuries are, unsurprisingly, 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 being required to work in constantly noisy environments without adequate PPE in the form of ear protectors.
- Industrial Diseases such as asbestos disease and industrial asthma are still getting 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 due to your employer’s negligence, it will be possible to make an injury at work claim in the expectation of it being successful.