43% of leisure industry staff have been injured at work

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim October 21, 2016 11:43

A study of people who work in Britain’s leisure and hospitality industry has found that nearly half have suffered an injury at work and more than two thirds claim their working environment to be a health and safety hazard.

The research states these figures – and compensation payouts – could be significantly lowered if the management of organisations such as golf clubs adopted better health and safety procedures.

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The research by Hayward Baker found that 67 per cent of employees from the leisure and hospitality industry claim their working environment to be a health and safety hazard, 43 per cent said they had suffered from an injury at work and 14 per cent have been to hospital due to a work-related illness or injury.

The research identifies that the average worker has had three accidents at work, with one of those accidents happening in the last 12 months.

Complaints to have emerged from the study regarding their workplace injury include: slippery floors (29 per cent), sprains from manual handling and lifting (21 per cent), falling objects (14 per cent) or slippery stairs (13 per cent).

More than one in 10 (13 per cent) even believe their workplace has no health and safety protection, which was the reason for their injury.

A further 11 per cent said there was a lack of training from their line manager, while nine percent said they had unsatisfactory equipment to carry out their job.

More than a third (38 per cent) of staff polled from the industry regularly complained to their bosses about the state of their place of work, with a further 16 per cent saying their manager did nothing to rectify the situation.

According to the research, 14 per cent of staff have sought legal advice after suffering from injury, claiming an average of £26,778.

Common ‘minor’ workplace injuries in the leisure and hospitality environment are cuts (34 per cent), small burns (34 per cent), bruises (22 per cent), strained backs (20 per cent) and sprains (11 per cent).

However, a more than third of accidents (36 per cent) among the sample were considered ‘moderate’ by solicitors and serious enough to make a claim, with either a broken bone or fracture as the direct result of their injury.

The more ‘severe’ accidents that followed an injury at work in leisure and hospitality environment include dislocations (11 per cent) and a further nine per cent said they had lost a limb or body part as a result of their injury.

More than half (57 per cent) said that the accident was their employer’s fault compared to less than a third (30 per cent) who said the accident was their fault.

 

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim October 21, 2016 11:43
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