04 March 2015
Government Report Reveals 133 Deaths in Workplace Accidents
A Recent Government report reveals 133 British people were fatally injured as a result of workplace accidents in 2013/14.
The Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Statistics on fatal injuries in the workplace in Great Britain 2014’ outlines a provisional total of 133 accidents at work resulting in fatal injuries at a rate of 0.44 deaths per 100 thousand workers in Great Britain. The figure is 19% lower than the average for the past five years of 164 fatal injuries in the workplace. The report’s figures suggest a gradual improvement, with fewer fatal injuries year on year since 2008, though the latest total is given as provisional.
In terms of industry sectors, the highest number of fatal injuries in the workplace occurred in agricultural work with a total of 27, fortunately lower than the average of 33 injuries. 14 workers died as a result of a fatal accident in manufacturing roles, with 42 occurring in construction, and 41 fatal injuries to workers in services. Of 264 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work, 74% were related to incidents occurring on railways.
The statistics do not include the deaths of workers in cases of asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma, contracted from breathing in asbestos dust or fibres at work, and workers involved in fatal road traffic accidents.
The reported improvements hopefully suggest advancements in the awareness of health and safety in workplaces across the UK.
Fatal Accident Victims are Never Just a Number
It must be said that the statistics say nothing of the suffering and trauma of individuals represented by mere numbers and figures in such reports. At Slater and Gordon Lawyers, our experienced Fatal Accident Compensation Claim Team are all too aware of the traumatic time surrounding the sudden loss of a loved one.
Though money is the last thing on people’s minds at such a time, a Fatal Accident compensation claim can give you peace of mind when it comes to pressing matters such as finances and childcare. In appropriate cases, our Fatal Accident Solicitors can arrange interim payments from the Defendant’s insurance company until the legal process of your claim is finalised so that you have one less thing to be concerned about.
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