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Home Can Be a Dangerous Place, Is Work Any Safer?

By Principal Lawyer, Personal Injury - Serious Injuries

According to a recent article in The Sun the family home can be a dangerous place. The story follows a report of an injury to Ant McPartlin (of Ant and Dec fame) who cut off the tip of his thumb when slicing potatoes.

Statistics provided by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) indicate that around 2.7 million people attend A&E departments each year due to injury after an accident at home; about a third of these are children under the age of 15.

Around 500,000 are injured as a result of walking into something or being struck by a moving or falling object. Another 230,000 people sustain cuts or tears. The most common causes of injury to children in the home include inquisitiveness, horseplay and inadequate supervision.

Is the Workplace Any Safer?

The Health and Safety Executive has indicated that in 2012/2013 there were 646,000 self-reported injuries at work, about a quarter resulted in over seven days’ absence from work. In the previous year, 27 million working days were lost due to workplace injury and stress in the workplace. Among the most prevalent causes of injuries at work are handling, lifting, carrying, slips and trips and falls from height.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident at home or at work then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Claims arising out of accidents at home are likely to be very difficult as the claim would normally be made against the owner or occupier; it may be possible for a child to claim against his or her parents but clearly this would need to be dealt with extremely sensitively.

Employers have various duties to their employees and others at work, including an obligation to provide a safe place of work and a safe system of work. If an employee is injured as a result of a lack of care on the employer’s part, he or she may be entitled to compensation. 

Andrew Zajac is a Personal Injury Lawyer at Slater and Gordon in Cambridge.

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