The West Country – Britain’s most dangerous place for workplace injuries?

Recent figures have revealed that the West Country is the most dangerous place to work in the UK. You’re more likely to be seriously injured or killed whilst working in South West England than anywhere else in the UK. Between 2012 and 2013, more than 6,500 people were injured and a dozen killed through workplace injuries in the West Country. The rate of serious injury or death in the area is 81.4 per 100,000 employees – far higher than the national average which is 78.9.

The Health and Safety Executive’s publication has caused many to accuse businesses of failing to prioritise the safety of their staff. The area has a higher than average proportion of jobs which are traditionally considered to be dangerous, such as agricultural or fishing jobs.

Bosses of work unions claim that many deaths could be avoided – whilst figures are down from 2012, today’s figures relate solely to those who are injured or killed whilst at work rather than those injured or killed as a result of their job. This means conditions such as mesothelioma and stress are not included. These figures were revealed as Unions across the UK gather to mark Workers’ Memorial Day.

Injuries and illness caused by work

From conditions such as HAVS to industrial deafness or repetitive strain injury, workplace environments have the potential to cause illness or injury, particularly if you are working with hazardous substances. It is your employer’s duty to provide a safe working environment for their staff, which means ensuring that personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided and worn and that health and safety procedures are followed. If you have suffered a fall from height, become ill after exposure to dangerous chemicals or been injured whilst working in the agricultural industry, you could claim for compensation if your employer is proven to have been negligent.

Claiming compensation for workplace injuries

Even suffering from stress which has been brought on by your job could mean you’re eligible to claim compensation, so call Accident Advice Helpline today and we’ll be able to assess your claim. Our lawyers have experience in the industry and we pride ourselves on our excellent standards of customer service. Call our freephone helpline today for confidential, no-obligation advice and take advantage of our 100% no win, no fee* service. One of our team is waiting to take your call and we are open 24/7.

Source: Somerset Live

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