Whether it's slipping on spilled tea or tripping over an errant cable, we can all probably remember a time we've taken a tumble while at work. Most of the time we'll walk away with nothing worse than a bruised ego or dented pride, but some employees aren’t so lucky. Accident at work claims are frequently prompted by a slip or trip that has led to a much more severe injury or long-term medical complaint.
One of the more surprising statistics about slips or trips in the workplace is that more women suffer an injury this way than men. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently released data showing that in 2011-12, 4,495 women in the UK were injured as a result of slipping or tripping in the workplace, compared with 4,434 men.
Let's take a closer look at some of the other statistics associated with slips and trips in the workplace, based on 2011/12 HSE data:
1. The health and social care sector recorded the most number of major injuries suffered as a result of a slip or trip, at 1,377. This highlights the dangers of working in a hospital in particular, where shiny floors, liquid spillages and the frequent necessity to work at speed can prove a dangerous combination.
2. The health sector also accounted for over 3,000 lesser injuries suffered by slipping or tripping, but the transportation and storage sector was responsible for the highest total overall, reflective of the manual nature of the work commonly found in this sector.
3. Perhaps understandably, most slips and trips reported in the workplace happened in autumn and winter, with 54% of major injuries split between these two seasons. The most likely explanation is slippery ground as a result of snow, ice or rain.
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