It might seem hard to believe but this year the Safety at Work Act reaches its 40th birthday. Since being introduced back in 1974 the Health and Safety at Work Act, to give it its proper name, has gone on to save many employees from suffering injuries and even fatalities at work. The figures have dropped dramatically over those decades, and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has played a crucial role in ensuring fewer people have to suffer mental and physical anguish as a result of accidents that could reasonably have been prevented.
According to chief executive Alex Botha of the British Safety Council, fatal injuries suffered in workplaces across the UK have dropped by more than 80% over those 40 years. This is an incredible amount and points to the Safety at Work Act as a resounding success. However this is not a time to rest on our laurels and let this good work slip or stand as it is. Indeed there are more plans in place to ensure people will be safer still in the future.
Is there still a chance of claiming compensation if you do suffer an accident at work?
We will never completely get rid of accidents happening at work. The Safety at Work Act has gone a long way towards reducing them, but if you were to suffer an accident it is good to know you have a chance to claim compensation if warranted. You would have to prove the accident was someone else’s fault if this was the case, and have evidence that negligence had led to the accident taking place. Professional advice is warranted in this situation so you know where you stand.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you need support and information regarding your situation
It can feel as if you have nowhere to turn after suffering an accident at work. That’s why it’s good to call our free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 so you can speak to a professional injury compensation lawyer for more information. We have been helping people in situations just like yours for the last 14 years and we are prepared to help many more too – including you. If your case is strong and we can launch a no win, no fee claim through the court system, we will be there for you every step of the way.
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown