4 Most Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries

Common workplace injuries

Workplace accidents and injuries are common occurrences. They often vary in severity yet a lot of people forget or may not be aware of the fact that it’s possible to receive compensation for genuine injuries.

Four of the most common accidents at work

  • Slipping and Tripping: When an employee slips or trips and falls while on the job and sustains an injury.​​​​​​​ This can happen when the environment is not taken care of and cleared of unnecessary objects, uneven/unstable ground and an overall hazardous environment which not only the employer, but fellow employees should be watching out for.
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries: Actions such as typing or constant computer use can cause repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and vision problems, as well as back issues if ergonomics are not taken into consideration. If your work requires carrying heavy equipment (i.e. an industrial worker) this can develop difficulties such as chronic knee pain and/or back ache.
  • Falling from Heights: Injuries that are sustained when an employee falls from an elevated location, such as a ladder or a roof, while on the job.​​​​​​​
  • Machine Entanglement: This type of injury can occur in a factory where heavy equipment and machinery are used. Clothing, shoes, fingers, and hair are by everyday equipment when no precaution is taken. Protective equipment provided by the employer and attention to personal details are necessary to avoid these incidents.

Pursuing a workplace accident claim

Injured employees are generally entitled to compensation for injuries caused by unsafe work practices or work environments. If you feel like you may have a case worth pursuing, find more information on how to do so, below. You can now download a FREE copy of our expert guide to making personal injury claims right now. If you would like to discuss making a personal injury claim in Ireland, in complete confidence, get in touch with McCarthy + Co solicitors in Dublin and Cork today. You can find out your chances of success and how much you could be given in a financial award.

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