Workplace injuries happen regularly, unfortunately. They can range from fairly minor to fatal, as well as everything in between.
In 2022-2023, nearly two million Brits reported suffering from a work-related illness or injury. This equates to 35.2 million working days being lost due to sickness. 135 workers were killed in work-related accidents and 561,000 sustained an injury.
Seeking medical attention
Immediately after the incident, your priority should be seeking medical attention. If your injuries are severe, an ambulance should be called as soon as possible. The first aider in your company should also be called so that they can administer emergency first aid until the paramedics arrive.
If you do require a hospital visit, make sure you have someone to support you. This could be a colleague travelling with you or family members meeting you at the hospital.
Even if your injuries seem minor, it is worth getting checked over by a doctor just in case. Head injuries, for example, can be hidden or present later so it is best to rule it out.
Recording the accident
Your accident should be reported to your employer as soon as possible. This could be when a coworker alerted them when the accident happened.
Once you are able, you should contact your manager and ensure that the incident has been accurately recorded in the accident book. If this is not a procedure your company has, you should make a written account and send a copy to your HR department or manager. Remember to keep a copy for yourself.
If your accident was serious, your employer has a duty to report it to the Health and Safety Executive.
Looking back on the incident with a clearer head, you may be able to identify whether it was your fault or the fault of something else. If you believe you were not at fault but something else is, you may be able to claim compensation.
If you are suffering from a serious injury such as head trauma, seek out a firm of expert brain injury solicitors to help your case. They will be able to guide you through the process and act on your behalf.
Medical care and rehabilitation
Recovering from an injury can be a long and arduous process. You may need some time off work to recuperate.
You must remember to take care of your mental health as much as your physical health. Try to lean on your support network as much as you can. Even if you just have friends come over to hang out, your mental health will benefit.
If your injuries mean your movement is limited, ask your family to provide some home-cooked meals for you. Nutrition is important for recovery, so having a stack of meals frozen so you can reheat them is helpful.