When are you most likely to have an accident at work?

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To an organisation, their employees are their greatest asset. A robust workforce will help the business run smoothly and be brand ambassadors at all times. However, serious accidents suffered by employees at work could result in absenteeism, disabilities and even fatalities. This could have serious implications and costs to an organisation.

The latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that, 137 workers lost their lives in 2016/17 due to a workplace accident. Meanwhile, there were over 600,000 cases of non-fatal injuries reported by employees whilst at work.

Although workplace accidents are unpredictable, organisations could still implement certain measures at work to prevent their employees from suffering an accident. The statistics above also serves as a stark reminder to organisations on the importance of carrying out risk assessments to help identify and prevent common hazards at their workplace.

So what are the most common accidents suffered by employees at work?

Here we highlight the top 5 most common non-fatal injuries suffered by employees as reported by employers under RIDDOR in 2016/17.

  1. Slips, trip or fall: This topped the list as the most common accident suffered by employees whilst at work in 2016/17. Employers should have a proactive approach towards keeping the work environment clean from any spillages or trips hazards.
  1. Lifting/handling: Injuries suffered by lifting or handling heavy objects at work was next in line. Organisations should ensure all employees are trained correctly on manual handling to help prevent this easily avoidable injury.
  1. Struck by object: According to the statistics this was the 3rd most common cause of non-fatal injury to workers. We have covered a blog post on reducing injuries caused by objects falling from height.
  1. Fall from a height: Employers should ensure all staff members are correctly trained when carrying out work from a height. This is in fact one of the most common type of fatal injuries suffered by employees too.
  1. Acts of violence: Employees who work in public facing job roles are also at risk of violence from the general public. We have created a section on our website that covers the potential hazards and solution of a public facing job role.

Along with the above there have also been many other causes of non-fatal injuries for example; Contact with machinery and being struck against something fixed or stationary. Although the above accidents are claimed to be non-fatal, some of them could have led to a fatality, especially in a scenario where the employee may have been working alone.

It is estimated that up to 8 million people in the United Kingdom are lone workers. That’s 22% of the 31.2m UK working population. Employers need to take into consideration the potential dangers a lone working employee could run into. For example; if an employee slips and suffers a serious injury whilst working alone, then it would be much harder for them to call for help or raise an alarm.

Employers should equip their staff who work alone with a robust lone worker safety device, like the MicroGuard, this allows them to raise an alarm in an emergency. The device also comes with an optional “Man Down” feature, that will automatically raise an alarm if the employee falls unconscious from a slip, trip or other medical conditions.

Contact our sales team on 0800 990 3563 to find out how the MicroGuard can help protect the safety of your employees when working alone.




HSE – http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/overall/hssh1617.pdf