Workplace injury suffered by one in ten


As many as one in ten British workers have been injured in the workplace in the past five years, new research reveals.

While the majority of injuries – 81 per cent – are caused by work-related accidents such as tripping over or using machinery, around eight per cent are caused by physical assault by a customer or a colleague, the report from Axa Insurance found.

Perhaps surprisingly, those most at risk are employees in the professional services industry – such as lawyers, consultants and accountants, with 15 per cent of these having been assaulted by a customer.

The study also found that employees who work for large companies are nearly twice as likely to suffer an injury as those working for small and medium-sized companies with ten to 250 members of staff.

Axa's risk control strategy manager, Douglas Barnett said: "These findings should make worrying reading for the business community. Accidents and injuries sustained in the workplace can be extremely costly for companies – through employees having to take time off work to recover or because of compensation pay outs."

A third of all workplace injuries were found to be caused by falls or trips, with employees over the age of 50 most likely to have a fall while doing their job.

Related categories: Accountancy / Tax, Legal.

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