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Health and Safety Executive Reveal Workplace Accident Figures

Posted in: Workplace Injuries 

The Health and Safety Executive have released figures that indicate that the number of accidents in the workplace the UK have risen in the last year. 

Provisional annual data released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveals 142 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2014 and March 2015 in comparison to the all-time low of 136 seen in the previous year. 

Despite the small rise, the figures confirm that the UK remains one of the safest places to work. Although the figures indicate a rise, there is a chance that the number of fatal accident could rise or fall as the statistics are based on provisional data. 

Change in the Field of Injury

Encouragingly, there was a decline in the number of fatalities in the more common areas of employment with the number in construction work (usually one of the most dangerous) falling by nine. There was also a decrease in agricultural accidents with 33 fatal accidents indicating that the health and safety message may be carrying across to the more dangerous areas. However, there was a rise in previously safer areas, with a jump in the number of people killed in accidents in recycling and waste management. Experts have cited this down to a rise in the number of recycling plants in the last few years. Despite the positives, SE’s ChairJudith Hackitt said:

“It is disappointing last year’s performance on fatal injuries has not been matched, but the trend continues to be one of improvement. Our systems and our framework remain strong as demonstrated by our performance in comparison to other countries.

“Every fatality is a tragic event and our commitment to preventing loss of life in the workplace remains unaltered.  All workplace fatalities drive HSE to develop even more effective interventions to reduce death, injury and ill health.”

Accidents in Scotland

The HSE report indicated a significant difference between the number of fatalities in England and Scotland, with more fatalities per 100,000 people in Scotland than the rest of the UK. The HSE report puts this down to more occupations in the high-risk sector in Scotland than in the rest of the UK, such as offshore workplaces. 

If you are involved in an accident in the workplace, through no fault of your own, it is your legal right to make a compensation claim. Many workers are injured as a result of carelessness or negligence but opt not to make a claim, fearing that they may lose their job. However, you are entitled to make a personal injury claim without the fear of unemployment. If you are dismissed or threatened with dismissal, you will be able to make a personal injury claim

To make a personal injury claim our team of Glasgow based solicitors will require as much evidence as possible. This could vary from a medical report, an accident report or even eye witness reports. 

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