Deaths in the workplace have fallen significantly over the course of the last 40 years.
Recently released figures show that the number of people who lose their lives at work has dropped from more than 650 in 1974 to a record low of 133 today – an 85% reduction – thanks in part to introduction of the 1974 Act.
The number of injuries at work has also plummeted considerably – by 77% – during the same time from 336,701 to 78,222.
The 1974 Act
Minister of State for Health and Safety Mark Harper hailed the reduction in fatalities and injuries as a significant step forward.
But he claims there is still no room for complacency and admits there is a long way to go to ensure every workplace is as safe as it can be.
The 1974 Act created a flexible, proportionate and world class regulatory system.
It paved the way for the creation of the Health and Safety Commission and the establishment of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as we know it today.
The HSE regulates health and safety law nationwide by working with industry to help them manage their health and safety risks effectively and also bringing irresponsible employers to justice through the courts.
Britain is consequently now one of the safest places in the world to work.
Claiming for an accident at work
But accidents at work do still occur. If you’ve been injured at work in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has vast experience when it comes to dealing with such claims, so don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling our helpline on 0800 689 0500.
You can find out how much you could claim by using the 30-second personal injury compensation calculator.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: July 30, 2014
Author: David Brown