Take care this winter

A quarter of major injuries reported by Officers are caused by slips or trips, with over half happening during foot patrol duties. Would you be covered if you fell and injured yourself?

A quarter of major injuries reported by Police Officers are caused by slips or trips, with over half happening during foot patrol duties*. Would you be covered if you fell and injured yourself this winter?

The human body contains 206 bones, and some are more fragile and easily broken than others. Fractures usually happen when too much force is applied to a bone, usually during a fall or an accident. A fractured ankle could take six weeks to recover, while a fractured wrist might take as long as three months to recover fully.

Some of the most common fractures include:

  • Collarbone - commonly broken during a fall onto the shoulder, due to its prominent position and delicate shape
  • Arm - fractured arms can take up to eight weeks to heal in adults
  • Wrist - fractured wrists are most commonly caused during a fall onto an outstretched arm
  • Hip - fractures usually occur in the femur (upper leg), near the 'ball' joint that fits into the hip socket
  • Ankle - a fractured ankle can cause swelling and bruising, and you might be off your feet for weeks while it heals.

For more information or to discuss the options to insure against this type of injury, please talk to one of our advisers on 0800 652 9103.

*Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/services/police/statistics.htm