Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common reasons for making a work injury claim in Ireland according to new figures published by the Injuries Board in Ireland to mark “World Day for Health and Safety at Work”.
The Injuries Board assessed €22,500,000 worth of work injury claims during 2011 in Ireland. Many of the injuries were sustained in the manufacturing and production sectors.
The figures releases show a fall from the total value of work injury claims made in 2010 but InjuriesBoard.ie chief executive Patricia Byron dismissed the idea that health and safety in the workplace had improved in Ireland, ‘While our figures point to a downward trend in the number of claims for workplace accidents the main driver for this is a contracting workforce rather than any notable advances in workplace health and safety programmes.’ She continued, ‘We understand that businesses today are under constant pressure to drive efficiencies, often operating with scarce resources, but cutting corners on employee safety is a cut too far. We are continually surprised by the volume of such foreseeable and preventable claims.’