According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over half the fatalities resulting from accidents at work 2012/13 occurred from:
- falling from a height
- contact with moving machinery
- being struck by or vehicles.
One in twelve fatalities resulted from electricity/fire, drowning or asphyxiation accidents.
Slips, trips and falls account for a staggering 50%+ of all non-fatal reported major accidents and one third of accidents causing absences of more than seven days.
As many as three million working days were lost due to injuries resulting from mishandling of goods and from slips and trips. This statistic represents a significant cost the economy.
Health and safety at work
Employers have a statutory duty to provide a safe working environment for themselves and their employees. Classes of employee who must report incidents under this legislation include:
- An employer or person in control of the premises
- A self-employed person
- A member of the public
- An employee, injured person or their representative
- A gas supplier
- A gas engineer
- People who work offshore
- The designated responsible person
Who is the designated responsible person?
Any of these listed above can be designated a responsible person. Further examples include special cases: workers in mines, quarries, pipelines and wells. The key point is that one employee is tasked with the responsibility of taking charge if an accident occurs and with recording and reporting it.
Injury solicitors in Manningtree
Maninngtree in Essex claims to be the smallest town in England. If you are searching for advice from injury solicitors in Manningtree, but the nearest suitable ones for your case are slightly further afield, you might like to pick our brains to see what options are available. Why not talk to our friendly, helpful advisors about your injury at work claim and find out if it is eligible? You can reach them on 0800 689 5659. The lines are Freephone and they are open 24/7 so you can call at any time.
For more information about injury solicitors in Manningtree or nearby, call the Accident Advice Helpline now. All our solicitors work on a ‘no win no fee‘ basis.
Source: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)