According to statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive being injured by a moving object – for example, being struck by an object falling from height – accounts for more than 10 per cent of all serious injuries reported to the organisation.
This means that this type of injury, which may also include being cut by a knife or struck by an object being manually carried, accounts for the highest number of accident at work injuries incidents – behind only incidents involving slips or manual handling.
Although it is not possible to easily categorise all types of accidents at work involving injuries caused by a moving object, it is clear that more than 30 per cent of such incidents are caused by objects falling from height, around 25 percent by incidents involving hand tools and a significant but lesser number by accidents involving workplace transport such as pallet trucks.
The vast majority of accidents at work involving moving objects are entirely avoidable.
The best way to avoid accidents involving hand tools is to follow safety instructions, to provide personal protective equipment and to store machinery in the correct way, with sheathes fitted where appropriate. Accidents involving hand knives can be avoided by providing protective clothing, suitable risk assessment and proper storage techniques. Of course, with both knives and hand tools it is necessary to provide the correct training and to maintain equipment so as to ensure it is in a safe working condition.
The risk of incidents involving workplace transport such as pallet trucks and trolleys can be minimised by having specially designated routes for transport and good workplace awareness and training of the risks involved – part of this involves the preparation of appropriate risk assessments.
If you have suffered an injury in an accident at work involving being struck by a moving object, you may be entitled to claim compensation from your employer.
All employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employers as far as is reasonably practicable – as outlined under the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 and various other pieces of legislation.
If you have been involved in a workplace accident and have reported the incident to your supervisor or manager, have recorded the details in the accident long book and have reported the incident under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Report), contact the specialist personal injury solicitors at George Ide in Sussex today for more information about claiming compensation.