The Health and Safety Executive has just released statistics on fatal accidents at work. The report covers 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 and compares 2014/15 to previous years and examines specifics, including industry and regional breakdowns.
There were 142 accidents at work that resulted in death in 2014/15 in the UK. This is an increase from last year when there were 136 fatal accidents, but despite this it continues to show an overall downward trend.
The industry breakdown reveals three of the most dangerous sectors to work in are agriculture, construction and manufacturing.
Agriculture is a risky sector to work in because animals can be unpredictable, fishing presents the obvious risk of drowning and some agricultural jobs require work to be carried out at height. Plus most jobs in agriculture nowadays use heavy machinery so there is the danger of falling from height off vehicles as well as being run over or crushed.
Last year there were 37 fatal injuries in agriculture.
There were 39 deaths in the construction industry, where 45% of fatal injuries are caused by falling from height. The manufacturing industry had a total of 18 fatal injuries. Alongside the services industry these three sectors are where Slater and Gordon Lawyers see the most fatal accident claims come from.
Scotland and the North West of England were the areas that saw the most fatal accidents in 2014/15 with 20 each.
Scotland also comes out top as the most dangerous place in terms of the number of fatal accidents per worker. In 2014/15 there was an average of 0.76 fatal accidents per 100,000 workers.
Scotland (0.76) and Wales (0.65) make working in London seem safe, which has a fatal accident rate of just 0.18 per 100,000 workers. Remember, however, that that the type of work which people do in Scotland and Wales is, in general, riskier than in England. For example, a much higher percentage of people work in agriculture.
The latest statistics from the report revealed the UK as the safest country to work inside of the EU.
The standardised rate of fatal injury for the UK was 0.58 per 100,000 workers. This means Switzerland is twice as dangerous as the UK and Poland is nearly five times as dangerous in terms of fatal accidents at work.
The Personal Injury Lawyers at Slater and Gordon UK deal with fatal accident compensation claims in a compassionate, sensitive and swift manner. We can help you understand if you have a claim for fatal accident compensation with our free 24 hour service.
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