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We have all seen the adverts surrounding accidents at work that aren't your fault, but for millions of British workers this is a very unfortunate reality.

A new report has revealed 21 million employees in the UK say their workplace is a health hazard, with 39% of workers claiming they have suffered an injury at work.

The study, by personal injury solicitors Hayward Baker, found 69% of workers said they were being put in serious danger due to unsafe and unsanitary working conditions after researching the conditions of Britain’s offices, shops, factories, warehouses and building sites.

Although 18% of individuals involved in the study said they have had an accident that was their fault, a further 21% said their accident wasn’t their fault.

A spokesperson for Hayward Baker, said: “Going to work could seriously damage your health if managers don’t take working conditions seriously enough”.

The majority of injuries are caused by greasy and slippery floors (16%), unhygienic work colleagues (13%), unsanitary toilet facilities (11%) and cluttered floors (10%).

Dirty kitchens also pose a problem for 10 percent of the nation’s workforce, as well as ripped carpets (9%), broken chairs (8%) and unsafe wiring (6%).

The report revealed 35% of workers in the UK have picked up an illness from their place of work and a further 18% have had food poisoning or caught a stomach bug as a result of dirty working conditions.

More ‘moderate’ injuries, such as broken bones, contribute to 29% of work accidents, which are serious enough for workers to make a claim against their employer. The study found 20% of workers went to hospital as a result of their injuries.

However, only 16% of British workers sought legal advice after suffering an injury, with the average claim for compensation being £24,931.

Other common workplace injuries are cuts (27%) and strained backs (20%).

The more ‘severe’ accidents that followed an injury at work include dislocations (9%) and a further 6% had lost a limb or body part as result of their injury.