The workplace can be a dangerous place! Although health & safety standards have improved considerably in the western world over the decades, and more recently, in developing countries – serious workplace accidents still happen and can be devastating for all parties involved. According to the Health & Safety Executive based in the UK, less than half as many workers were fatally injured in 2014 as compared to 20 years ago. That’s the good news. The bad news is that over 600,000 people have reported an accident at work within the last year, resulting in over 4 million lost work days. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at the 10 most common workplace accidents.
#10 – Violent Attacks
Although violent attacks at work account for a relatively low number of workplace accidents and injuries when compared with other causes, the psychological effect can cause real distress to the victims of psychological bullying or intimidation. While incidents seldom flare up into outright physical attacks, workplace bullying can cause fear and stress in victims, leading to lack of productivity and days off sick. Employee awareness, training and diligence in watching out for suspicious activities can help to keep such incidents at bay.