Workplace Fatalities Increase on Last Year’s Figures

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The Health and Safety Executive has recently released statistics showing that workplace fatalities increased in the last year.

171 fatalities were recorded in the year from March 2010 to 2011, an increase on the 147 fatalities the year before.  However, the HSE stressed that there is an overall downward trend and the figure is still 17% lower than the average number of fatalities recorded in the last five years (205 per year). In addition, the number of major workplace accidents (causing personal injuries such as amputations and fractures) has fallen from 26,268 in 2009/2010 to 24,700 in 2010/2011.

The statistics are encouraging but it remains to be seen how the current Government’s legislative reforms will impact on the number of workplace accidents.  The Government has responded to unfounded and ill-conceived media criticism of health and safety legislation in a consultation led by Professor Lofstedt, which recommends the removal of around half of the current legislation relating to health and safety issues.  The idea is to streamline the law in this area by taking a “common sense” approach, thereby encouraging people to continue to engage in low risk activities, such as local fairs and street parties.  Whilst the use of a common sense approach is to be welcomed, removal of health and safety legislation may lead to employees who have suffered personal injuries being unable to obtain any redress in the form of damages or specialist medical treatment.  High levels of legislation arguably lead to a more cautious approach, resulting in a higher state of awareness and preparedness when conducting activities.

If you have been involved in an accident at work call David Mayor or any of our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free consultation on freephone 0800 975 2463, or contact us by email for free expert legal advice.

David Mayor

About David Mayor

David is Head of the Preston Office's Civil Litigation team and deals with all types of private Civil Court disputes. David’s blogs cover his expertise in all aspects of personal injury law from low value Road Traffic Accidents right through to complex large loss claims. David also writes and has a vast array of experience in Public Liability (trips and slips), Employer's Liability (accidents at work), and Motor Claims (motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents).
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