Slips, Trips and Falls the Most Common Reason for Seeking Compensation

Slips, trips and falls are the most common reasons for pursuing work injury compensation in Ireland according to figures released by the Injuries Board.

The figures show that €22,500,000 was assessed by the board in 2011 in relation to work injury claims. Many of the injuries suffered were also due to poor manual handling practices and the use of defective equipment.

The amount marks a fall from the figure assessed in 2010 but chief executive Patricia Byron did not agree that workplace health and safety in Ireland was improving saying, ‘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’.