We go to work to bring in an income. We go to work to spend time with others. And we go to work to engage with tasks that, hopefully, we enjoy and experience satisfaction from.
We don’t go to work to put our lives at risk, but unfortunately, according to statistics, many of us do.
According to the 2019 Workplace Safety Index, billions of pounds are spent each year in compensation costs, as injured workers make claims against their employers. Chances are, you might have experienced a work-related injury yourself, or you may have witnessed an accident in your workplace. You might also be fearful that your life is at risk, especially if your employer is more than a little lax when it comes to health and safety laws.
It’s a scary thought to think that so many of us are put in harm’s way on a daily basis. According to this blog post at Arbill, 13 people in America go to work each day and never come home, and on an annual basis, around 3.3 million people suffer from workplace injuries from which they never recover. Of course, it isn’t always the employer’s fault. Negligence on the side of the employee can be to blame in some cases, and then there are external factors that are beyond either the employer’s or employee’s control.
So, while we don’t want to ruin your day as you put on your jacket to go to work, we do think it’s worth highlighting the work-related injuries that are commonplace each year. With reference to the facts provided by the Workplace Safety Index, we will list the top 10 causes below. Have a read, and then take extra special care at work today, no matter what industry you are working within.