Seventeen employer liability awards totalling €450,000 were made in Offaly last year by the Injuries Board, new data has revealed.
Nationwide compensation of €22m was paid out in respect of 807 claims for workplace accidents in 2012, compared to 830 awards and €22.5m in compensation in 2011.
Releasing the figures, the Board cautioned employers against cutting corners on workplace safety and highlighted that two of the highest ten awards for workplace accidents last year related to fatalities.
The average award for a workplace accident last year stood at €27,286. The average award for men was slightly higher at €27,657, while women received an average award of €26,456.
The findings showed that men are twice as likely as women to sustain a workplace injury, with men accounting for 54 per cent of the workforce and seven in ten awards.
Over 32 per cent of awards made by the Injuries Board last year were to workers in the 25 to 34 age group , while one in five were to those in the 35 to 44 age bracket. Over 80 per cent of awards paid out were for less than €38,000.
Analysis of the same data has revealed Thursday as the most likely day of the week for workplace accidents, according to the information released to mark 2013 European Week for Safety and Health in Work.
January was the safest month, while July saw the highest level of accidents throughout the year.
Dublin, Cork and Limerick saw the highest numbers of awards, while Leitrim, Roscommon and Laois had the lowest.
Slips, trips and falls were the most common accident type, accounting for one third of all awards for workplace accidents.