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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) On Accident At Work Claims

On this page, we’ve provided a list of FAQs relating to accident at work claims. These are questions we often get asked so we thought it’d be useful for you to have a record of the answers.

Below, you can find answers to questions we often get asked about accident at work claims:

Why Is It Important To Report Accidents At Work?

It’s important to report accidents at work for a number of reasons, such as:

  1. To identify hazards and risks in the workplace so nobody else gets hurt
  2. To introduce preventative measures, like supplying more appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  3. To prompt your employer to conduct risk assessments
  4. To learn from errors so that employers can make a safer working environment

Who Should Accidents Be Reported To In The Workplace?

Accidents in the workplace should be reported to your line manager or supervisor, who should then record them in the accident book (with your agreement). They should then inform their managers about what has happened. There may also be a health and safety officer on site to who you may need to report the accident.

For serious accidents, an incident may need to be reported under RIDDOR.

What Are The Implications Of Not Preventing Accidents At Work?

If an employer fails to prevent accidents at work, the implications could be severe. On top of employees suffering injuries and taking time off work, workplaces may be inspected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Fines may be issued and in the most serious cases, individuals within the company may be prosecuted and jailed.

A case was recently reported involving two managers being jailed for the avoidable deaths of two workers who drowned in pig feed.

What Are The Most Common Accidents At Work?

According to the statistics published by the HSE relating to 2021, the most common accidents at work are:

  • Slips, trips and falls – 33% of all accidents related to such incidents. A further 8% of workplace injuries were caused by falls from a height, such as falling off a ladder
  • Manual handling – 18% of injuries at work were down to handling, lifting and carrying activities
  • Struck by an object – 10% of injuries were caused by moving objects, such as boxes falling from shelves

What Is The Main Cause Of Slipping Accidents At Work?

Slips at work are one of the main causes of accidents. These incidents arise because of spillages that haven’t been cleaned up, poor lighting on the likes of stairs or passageways, faulty handrails on stairwells, or cluttered walkways, making it hard for people to move through.

Slipping accidents at work are some of the most avoidable.

How Can You Avoid Accidents At The Workplace?

To avoid accidents at the workplace it’s important for employers to take a proactive approach to health and safety. They may employ a health and safety officer to monitor processes and the workplace.

They may conduct regular risk assessments, supply new types of PPE and provide regular training. Education is key to avoiding accidents at work.

Learn More About Accident At Work Claims

Below, you can find a list of guides which may tell you more about accident at work claims:

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