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Widespread reluctance to report workplace injuries

29 August 2018

Widespread reluctance to report workplace injuriesEmployees across all industries are worried about reporting injuries sustained in the workplace to their employer for fear of making them angry, according to new research.

Wirral-based Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors questioned 650 respondents about their experiences regarding workplace injury. It found that, of those who had been involved in an accident, 38% did not report it because they were worried their employer would be angry, or they did not believe anything would be done as a result.

The research has found that messy workstations and slipping hazards are seen as the most common dangers in workplaces across all sectors. Some 24% of respondents had witnessed messy workstations in their workplace, while 27% had come into contact with slipping hazards.

Alison Beech, partner at Percy Hughes & Roberts, said: "The results of the survey are incredibly worrying, and employees should never feel worried about the stigma of reporting an incident if they are injured while carrying out their job.

"It is an employer's duty to keep their workforce safe, and this means if any incidents take place, it is their responsibility to ensure that it is dealt with correctly. Employers have insurance policies in place to prepare for eventualities such as these, which are used for any compensation payments, so employees need not worry about the financial side of making a claim for compensation."

The industries with the most respondents who said their workplace was either "unsafe" or "very unsafe" were:

  • Environment and agriculture (27%);
  • Energy and utilities (22%);
  • Engineering and manufacturing (19%);
  • Recruitment and HR (16%).

Beech added: "It is interesting to see that more people in retail, sales and healthcare view their workplace as unsafe, as opposed to arguably more obvious sectors such as construction and manufacturing. Employers in these sectors are subject to the same penalties as those that are perceived as more dangerous, so it's vital that immediate action is taken to remove hazards from all workplaces."

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