A recent report by the TUC has revealed that the UK government has cut the number of health and safety inspections for workplaces by 40% (due mostly to funding). The report also claims that over the past four years, the number of inspections by local authorities has dropped by a shocking 93%. It is felt by many that these cutbacks to health and safety legislation could increase workplace accident compensation claims.
The UK is currently ranked 20th for health and safety standards in the workplace in the Health and Safety Risk Index, which includes just 34 countries – so the government’s claims that the UK is a safe place to work are not strictly true.
The TUC has recommended the government reconsider their decision and is keen to ensure that workplaces receive regular inspections, particularly for workers who work in carcinogenic, dusty or dangerous environments. Further cuts could destroy safety standards at work, with disastrous effects that could cost the government billions of pounds in workplace accident compensation claims, as well as costing many workers their lives.
Have you been injured at work?
Many people wrongly assume that working in an office or shop means they won’t ever be involved in an accident at work. Whilst offices and shops are safe places to work, relatively speaking (compared to the construction industry, for example), accidents still have the potential to occur. Here are some of the types of accidents which could occur in any workplace:
- Slip, trip or fall
- Fall from height
- Struck by objects falling from height
- Injured by workplace machinery or equipment – anything from jamming your fingers in a till drawer to getting a scarf stuck in industrial equipment
- Scalds or burns from spilling hot liquid
- Injured by the building – for example the roof or a wall collapsing
- Back or neck injuries from unsuitable working conditions
If you have been injured at work and believe somebody else is to blame, it’s a good idea to seek advice from a personal injury lawyer.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
Accident Advice Helpline have experience dealing with all kinds of personal injury claims, including claims for workplace accidents. Whether you have suffered a minor injury from a slip or trip or have been hospitalised following a fall from height, we can help you. Call us today to find out straight away whether your claim is viable and we can offer you confidential, no obligation advice. If you do decide to proceed with a claim, our service is 100% no win, no fee**, so there are no upfront fees to worry about!
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown