Hundreds of people are injured at work every month in Northern Ireland
McCartan Turkington Breen has one of the busiest personal injury departments in Northern Ireland. In fact, our firm is so well regarded, that it is currently ranked in the top band in the prestigious Chambers Guide. We handle a high volume of injury cases every year and a significant number of them were caused by an accident at work.
In this article, we’re listing six types of accident at work that we see regularly. Accidents at work come in many forms and this is not an exhaustive list.
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Heavy Lifting
- Work Vehicle Accidents
Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falling accidents are likely the most common type of workplace accidents in Northern Ireland. These accidents can be caused by a variety of things such as wet floors, uneven surfaces and cluttered walkways. The type of injury that can result from a slip, trip, or fall accident ranges from minor cuts and bruises to more serious injuries like broken bones or head injuries.
These types of accidents are common in workplaces such as offices, construction sites and warehouses.
Manual handling injuries are another common cause of workplace accidents. These types of injuries can occur when employees are required to lift, carry or move heavy objects without proper training or equipment. The types of injury that can result from manual handling accidents include back injuries, strained muscles and sprained joints.
These types of accidents are commonly found in manual labour industries such as construction, manufacturing and warehousing.
Accident involving machinery can occur when employees come into contact with dangerous machinery or equipment such as power tools, conveyor belts and heavy machinery. The types of injury that can result from machinery accidents include amputations, crush injuries and burn injuries.
These types of accidents are often found in manufacturing, construction and other industries that involve the use of machinery.
Electrical accidents might happen when employees come into contact with electrical equipment such as power tools, electrical wiring and electrical panels. The types of injury that can result from electrical accidents include shocks, burns and electrocution.
These types of accidents are commonly found in industries that involve electrical work. For example, construction, manufacturing and electrical engineering.
Fire-related accidents are another cause of workplace injuries in Northern Ireland. These types of accidents can occur as a result of things like faulty electrical equipment, unattended equipment and flammable materials. The types of injury that can result from fire-related accidents include burns and smoke inhalation.
These types of accidents are commonly found in industries that involve the use of flammable materials, such as manufacturing, construction, and warehousing.
Work Vehicle Accidents
Work vehicle accidents are commonplace. These types of accidents can occur when employees operate vehicles or are in close proximity to vehicles for work purposes. Examples include delivery vehicles, construction vehicles, and public transport vehicles. The types of injury that can result from work vehicle accidents include whiplash, impact injuries and crush injuries.
These types of accidents are commonly found in industries that involve the use of work vehicles such as delivery and transportation, construction and manufacturing.
Have you ever been injured at work?
Workplace accidents can have a significant impact on an employee’s life and well-being. This is why employers are required to take reasonable preventative measures whenever possible. For example, by completing regular risk assessment, providing training and suppling the appropriate PPE.
Accidents at Work Claims
If you have suffered a workplace injury within the past three years, it is important to seek independent legal advice. If your employer was liable, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for the benefit of a free no-commitment initial consultation with an expert solicitor.