Learn About Accidents in the Workplace with Our Infographic

31 March 2020

Read Our Guide to Workplace Accidents

Our Guide to UK Workplace Accidents?

Despite billions being spent on improving health and safety standards at work, around 28.2 million days are lost every single year due to work-related illness and workplace injuries.

Statistics to Think About 2018/19

  • 147 workers were killed in a work-related accident
  • 581,000 working people suffered an injury
  • 69,208 serious injuries were reported to the government
  • The total cost of inuries was estimated at £15 billion
  • 1.4 million workers suffer from chronic health problems related to work

Key Industries

Over half of all accidnets ar work relate to just three main industries. The industries with the poorest safety record are:

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Fishing
  • Construction
  • Waste
  • Manufacturing
  • Motor
  • Retail
  • Storage
  • Transport
  • Accomodation
  • Food
  • Admin and support services

Most Common Accidents

The most common injuries in the workplace are:

  • Falls from heights
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Trapped by something
  • Struck by a moving vehicle
  • Contact with moving machinery
  • Struck by a moving object
  • Lifting, handling and carrying

The most common long-term illnesses are:

  • Hand arm vibration syndrome HAVS (from vibrating tools)
  • Mesothelioma (asbestos)
  • Lung cancer (asbestos, other fumes)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD (harmful fumes)

How to Protect Yourself at Work

Despite the above statistics, work-related injuries have been falling year on year for a while. The standard in workwear available to the market is part of the reason for this drop. Here at Workwear.co.uk, we have everything to protect all parts of the body:

  • Head: EN 397 Safety Helmets can protect your head against impact, heat and electricity
  • Lungs: Use the right P3 masks to protect against dust, asbestos, other fumes and more
  • Eyes: EN 166 safety goggles will protect the eyes against particles, sun glare and UV light
  • Hands: Use safety gloves for cut, cold, heat, chemical, vibration and impact protection
  • Body: Hi-vis workwear for dark weather; safety harness for working from height; type 3/4/5/6 coveralls for particle protection
  • Legs: Use durable work trousers that include kneepad protection

Workwear.co.uk is your one-stop shop for PPE, covering work gloves, hard hats, hi-vis, safety eyewear, respiratory, clothing and more.