Seven out of ten (69%) British workers claim their workplace is a health hazard, according to an online survey by personal injury solicitors Hayward Baker.
One third (35%) of the 1,019 workers who completed the survey say they have picked up an illness at work, with 18% claiming to have been struck down with food poisoning or a stomach bug because of dirty conditions. A further 39% have suffered an injury at work.
Overall, two in ten respondents have had to go to hospital due to a work-related illness or injury.
Almost half (46%) of employees say they have complained to their bosses about the state of their workplace. Common problems are greasy and slippery floors (16%), unhygienic work colleagues (13%), unsanitary toilet facilities (11%), cluttered floors (10%), dirty kitchens (10%), ripped carpets (9%), broken chairs (8%) and unsafe wiring (6%).
Hayward Baker’s research follows its launch of an interactive injury compensation calculator, which provides workers with an estimate of how much compensation they could be entitled to following an accident or injury.
One in six employees (16%) surveyed by Hayward Baker say they have sought legal advice following an injury, with an average compensation claim of £24,931.