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Spidey senses tingling? You're much more likely to have a workplace accident today

Thursdays in November are the riskiest time of the year.

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WATCH YOURSELF IN work today. According to the Injuries Board, Thursdays in November are the most common day for workplace injuries that result in compensation.

In each of the last three years, compensated workplace injury claims are more likely to happen on Thursdays in November than at other time in the year. In general, Thursday is the most likely day of the week for them to occur while, predictably, Sunday is the least likely.

An analysis from the Injuries Board for 2013 released today showed that the average award for a workplace accidents increased from €27,286 in 2012 to €28,886 last year.

The vast majority of awards (30%) were under €38,000 with the average for men marginally higher than for women. Men, however, were twice as likely as women to sustain a workplace injury.

The largest individual compensation award last year was €432,001 for an individual who became trapped in a machine.

Overall, the Injuries Board awarded €44 million in respect of 826 claims for workplace accidents in 2013, compared to €22 million compensation for 807 awards in 2012.

Slips, trips and falls were the most common accident type accounting for almost one third (30.8%) of all awards for workplace accidents.

CEO of the Injuries Board Patricia Byron says that the increase can be attributed to more people joining the workforce form a peak of unemployment in 2012.She added however that the farming sector does not feature heavily in their report:

While we do not tend to receive many claims for injuries resulting from farming accidents as, in the main, most farmers are their own employers, we are particularly cognisant of the high levels of accidents in the farming industry and echo the advice and concerns of the Health & Safety Authority.

PastedImage-90412 Source: InjuriesBoard.ie

Read: Labour Court rules in unions’ favour over Injuries Board outsourcing >

Read: Mind now: Saturdays and July most likely times for accidents in public places >

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