We’ve often talked about the dangers of slips, trips and falls before, but it’s easy to think we’re just using hyperbole. After all, it’s a common tactic of the health and safety video to massively overhype danger. Here, for example, is a classic of the genre, the public information film Lonely Water.

Terrifying. In this case, though, we don’t need Donald Pleasence’s subtle tones of menace to make our point. We just need cold, hard numbers.

The Health and Safety Executive often release statistics to do with the number and type of work accidents that occur. However, they’re usually in the daunting form of a collection of undifferentiated Excel spreadsheets, hard to parse and hard to detect overall trends in.

We’ve created some more accessible interactive presentations of health and safety statistics in the past, but we focussed on breaking them down by industry. Due to the cold weather, we thought now was a good time to highlight the dangers of slips, trips and falls, breaking down accident types to highlight the risks in this helpful chart.

Major Injuries By Type 2013-2014

Mouse over to see the sector names and exact figures – if you can’t mouse over, the colours correspond with injury types as follows, starting at the upright position and moving clockwise:

  • Red – Slips, Trips And Falls – 7742 major injuries in 2013-2014.
  • Cyan – Falls From A Height – 2895 major injuries in 2013-2014.
  • Yellow – Struck By Moving, Including Flying, Falling, Object – 1877 major injuries in 2013-2014.
  • Light Grey – Injured While Handling, Lifting Or Carrying – 1431 major injuries in 2013-2014.
  • Grey – All Other Injury Types – 4932 major injuries in 2013-2014.

Despite combining the twelve least-common causes of major injuries into a single ‘other injuries’ section, none of the other sectors comes close to slips trips and falls as the cause of significant, debilitating and harmful injuries.

According to the Health and Safety Executive’s own statistics, then, Slips Trips and Falls are – by quite some margin – the leading cause of major injuries from accidents in the workplace.

Had A Slip Trip Or Fall In The Past Year?

If you’ve had a slip, trip or fall in the past year, get in touch with Loyalty Law.

Some solicitors are not specialists in work accident claims but will take on the work anyway. This is great for the solicitor, but can result in a lower than expected claim or compensation.

In order to receive a comprehensive service and specialist legal help, get in touch with Loyalty Law (free of obligation!) and let us know the details of your accident.