Under UK law, your employer is required to provide you, the employee, with a safe and healthy working environment. Unfortunately, accidents at work are still a reality. Although accidents and work-related illnesses occur across all fields of work, there are certain industries that are ranked as the most high-risk work environments in the country.
If you work in one of these high-risk environments, you are more likely to suffer a work-related illness or become the victim of an accident. If this has already happened to you, here at Accident Advice Helpline we can assist you in making a compensation claim.
The construction industry
The construction industry only accounts for about 5% of Britain’s workforce, but 22% of all fatal work injuries reported in the UK are in construction. The past year saw a total of 49 fatalities due to construction accidents. In addition, an estimated 5,000 occupational cancer cases were linked to past exposure to dangerous substances in construction work.
One of the reasons that construction is such a high-risk field is that a lot of work is carried out at heights. Over the last year, falls from heights accounted for 51% of all fatalities reported in the construction industry. Workers being struck by falling objects or being run over by moving vehicles were also high risk factors.
The manufacturing industry
Britain’s manufacturing industry employs about 10% of the country’s workforce. Rivalling the construction industry as one of the top high-risk work environments, the manufacturing industry had a reported 4,500 serious injuries over the past year. The fatality rate in the manufacturing sector is also alarmingly high, with manufacturing accident fatalities accounting for 25% of all workplace fatalities reported in the UK. Working with moving machinery appears to be the greatest risk factor for this sector, as 15% of all major injuries in the industry were linked to contact with moving machinery.
The agriculture industry
The agriculture industry includes various high-risk occupations such as forestry, farming and fishing, each of which has its own unique hazards. Farming and forestry involve a lot of work with machinery, which poses a risk in any industry. Though the past year saw 33 reported deaths in the agriculture sector, it is believed that a lot of accidents in this field go unreported, making it difficult to obtain accurate figures.
How can Accident Advice Helpline assist me?
Just because you may work in one of the top high-risk work environments, this does not mean that you are not entitled to a claim if you are the victim of an accident at work. It is the legal responsibility of your employer to ensure that you have a safe and healthy environment in which to work. If your employer has failed in this regard and you have suffered as a consequence, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.
The friendly staff at our 24-hour legal hotline will be able to advise you on how to make a claim. You will not be asked to pay anything upfront, as our solicitors work on a 100% no win no fee basis. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 now to get started or find out more information. You have nothing to lose.
Date Published: October 12, 2013
Author: David Brown