Thousands of personal injury claims are made every year by those who have been injured at work. Employees sustaining injuries at work is unfortunate for both parties involved and studies have demonstrated that certain industries make this scenario much likely to become a reality.
A hospital may seem like a secure environment, though we must remember that healthcare assistants, doctors and nurses can be around unstable patients and are often grossly understaffed. Out of every 100 employees 8.5 will sustain injuries. 33 year old Valerie Sage is just one of many healthcare professionals who has experienced both verbal and physical abuse as part of her job as an A&E nurse.
“People scream at you, they swear at you. I’ve been called so many names,” she said. “It seems the culture of hospitals in general is, you kind of have to just take it.”
Construction workers have some of the highest, particularly fatal injury rates amongst any other industry. Which you might think unsurprising when we consider that they’re often working at huge heights, along with incredibly weighted equipment and electricals.
2016 reported 66,000 injuries sustained in the construction industry, 101 deaths even occurred. ⅕ of these came as a result of heavy machinery, and ½ were linked to falling from a height , though falling objects also pose a danger.
Over 30 worker fatalities occurred in the agricultural industry during 2014-2015 and with a rate 9.12 injuries per 100 employees, it remains the most dangerous sector of work in the U.K.
On average, from 2011-2016 there were a total of 10.7 fatalities per 100,000 workers- which is almost double rate of injuries in the waste and recycling industry, which in itself is considered dangerous area of work to be in.
‘Contact with mobile machinery’ ‘hit by mobile vehicle’ as well as ‘drowning or asphyxiation’ have been phrases associated with the most likely causes of agricultural death in recent years.