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Struck by something (eg sharp knives or falling objects)

Injury statistics

Being injured by a moving object (e.g. being struck by a falling object or a cut from a hand knife) accounts for over 10% of major injuries reported to HSE in the food and drink industries. This is the third largest category of reported injuries after manual handling and slips. The total number of injuries from this cause is around 700 per year of which about 100 are major injuries.

A third of the injuries are caused by falling objects (eg an item falling from a storage rack), a quarter are from hand tools (especially hand knives) with the third highest cause being hit by moving pallet trucks etc..

Managing the risk

Work area risk assessments should include looking at this particular risk, especially as 'struck by' injuries are common and are likely to occur almost anywhere.

Falling objects


Moving objects

Further guidance

Updated 2021-05-17