Did you know that between 2017 and 2018, 30.7 million working days were lost due to employees suffering work-related illnesses and non-fatal workplace injuries? While accidents at work in the UK can and do happen, employers can reduce the risk of their workers suffering an occupational illness or injury by putting, in many cases, simple procedures in place, and providing them with adequate equipment to protect them from common accidents at work.

How safe are you at work?

While the majority of us go to work and come home uninjured, people do suffer workplace accidents on a regular basis. The infographic below highlights the number of people who have been injured at work or suffered an occupational illness in the UK between 2017 and 2018, and the most common accidents at work.

Most common accidents at work

The most common accidents at work are from slips, trips or falls; handling, lifting or carrying objects; or being struck by a moving object. The majority of occupational lung disease cases reported were caused by asbestos exposure.

How many accidents at work are fatal?

Between 2017 and 2018, the fatal accidents at work statistics reveal that 144 people were killed at work. The highest rates of fatal work accidents were in Wales, Scotland and the East of England. The top three causes of fatal work accidents were caused by falls from height, moving vehicles and objects.

How Thompsons is protecting employees

Every worker deserves to be protected from harm while at work. If you've been injured because health and safety fell short, making a claim will help to draw your employer's attention to the risks in the workplace and prevent a colleague from getting hurt in the same way.

Find out more about how we are supporting injured workers on our For Every Worker Injured campaign page. Alternatively, visit our accidents at work page for legal advice on how to start a claim today. For more on how many employees are injured at work, visit our 2016/17 workplace statistics