Every year many suffer accidents, whether it is a slip, trip, a fall, a handling objects incident or an electrical incident. At MG Legal Solutions, there is a specialist team who are on hand to answer...
any questions or queries surrounding the subject of personal injury.
As winter is approaching, MG Legal Solutions thought it would be a good idea to investigate the statistics surrounding personal injury and accidents in the work place.
In conjunction with the firm holding a personal injury law themed week, an infographic has been created to inform the public on the statistics surrounding accidents in the work place.
It was recorded by the electrical safety council that during 2010-2011, there were 101 major injuries in the work place recorded due to electrical incidents, on top of that 6 fatalities were recorded. It is important to remember safety needs to be taken when handing objects in the workplace. 7% of all major injuries have been caused by handling objects such as: lifting; carrying or pushing an object; injuries from sharp objects and strains; sprains and trapped fingers. Shockingly, there was one fatality during 2012 due to the handling of objects.
The most common cause of work place injuries stated by the Health and Safety Executive are slips, trips and falls with 56% of all major injuries being caused by these type of accidents. It has been noted that 31% of fatal injuries were caused by falls from heights and 23,600 slips and trip injuries in 2012-2013.
It has been found by the Health and Safety Executive that slip and trip accidents increase during Autumn and Winter for a number of different reasons such as;
-Leaves fall on to a path which become wet and slippery.
-Cold weather spells cause ice and snow to build up on the path.
It has been recorded that 27% slips and trips occur in Autumn (October – December) but the most slips and trips recorded for 2012 occurred in January to March. Throughout the winter, to ensure that the levels of injury are kept to a minimum, there are many issues to consider such as; lighting, wet and decaying leaves, rain water, ice, frost and snow and gritting. It is important to constantly work towards improving the safety of employees by conducting tests on every electrical item. By doing this, it will help to prevent any accidents and injuries which may happen in the future. If you have any issues surrounding the subject of personal injury, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist personal injury team on 01995 602129 (Garstang) or 01524 581306 (Lancaster).
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