Do you know the most common reasons for accidents in the workplace?

Seguro Slips trips and FallsDepending on which industry you work in there are a different variety of hazards you may come into contact with.

One example is an office worker is much less at risk from being burnt than a chef as you would expect.

There is however a range of common accidents and injuries which occur across all occupational sectors – and slips / trips and falls invariably top the table.

In 2013/14

  • over half the fatal injuries to workers were of three kinds: falls from height; contact with moving machinery; and being struck by a vehicle (RIDDOR)
  • falls and slips & trips, combined, account for over a third (35%) of employee injuries. They made up more than half of all reported major/specified injuries and almost three in ten (29%) over-seven-day injuries to employees (RIDDOR)
  • handling was the most frequent cause of over-seven-day injury (RIDDOR)
  • an estimated 1.9 million working days were lost due to handling injuries and slips & trips (LFS).

Source HSE

Overall, the three most common types of accident/injury were:

  • Trips/slips or falls
  • Machinery / Moving Objects
  • Manual handling/lifting

Some of the most common injuries were:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Back injury
  • Head injury
  • Neck injury
  • Repetitive Strain Injury

Most Common Risks

Overall, slips/trips and falls or damage caused by manual handling/lifting remain the main culprits of injury in the workplace.

Some of these risks may have been able to be managed if a risk assessment and workforce training had been carried out. If you need an up to date risk assessment or tool box talks download our free documents below:

RA1 – Working at Heights

Slips, Trips and Falls Tool Box Talk