The very sad news that 2 more Brazilian workers have been killed whilst constructing the stadia for next summer’s World Cup makes one realise how safe the UK is in comparison explains Personal Injury Solicitor Simon Allen..........
The combination of the work of Trades Unions and health and safety campaigners, the introduction of health and safety legislation from Europe in the 90s, and the banning of the use of Asbestos in the UK has resulted in a continuing downwards trend in fatal accidents in the workplace, and Fatal Accident Claims.
Whilst the statistics are not precise the number of fatalities from Accidents at Work has fallen from over 300 in 1993 to about 148 in 2012/13.
The most dangerous industry remains construction with 39 fatalities, but agriculture is also troublingly dangerous with 29 deaths. In addition around 12,000 people die from work-related illnesses, of which asbestos forms the majority with approximately 4,500 deaths per annum from mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Scotland and Wales, both of whom have a smaller share of less dangerous jobs are the regions with most fatalities.
Despite the fact that a single work related fatality is one too many, it is encouraging to see that the hard work of those intent on improving the health and safety of British workers is bearing some fruit. In the last 5 years the UK has the lowest number of fatal accidents in the whole of Europe, including Germany, Italy and France.
One hopes that this downward trend continues, though the Government’s willingness to distance itself from the benefits from the Health and Safety legislation of the ‘6 pack’ of regulations from 1992 is a cause of concern. Why interfere with legislation which improves the lives of the British workforce?