There has been a drop in injury at work claims says UK Health and Safety Executive
According to the latest figures, there has been a drop in the number of injury at work claims, the Health and Safety Executive says. There is one thing that is potentially worrying and that is that these figures are from four years ago.
The latest figures showing the number of workplace accidents is dropping, however four year old figures are hardly current and may not give a truly accurate picture. As with all statistics, there is an element of uncertainty as figures can often be manipulated depending on what political or social economic picture is in favour. One thing is certain and that is the number of injury at work claims in the UK are saying is not declining.
Companies like Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) still have tens of thousands of victims contact them every year to see if they are eligible to claim compensation claims for injuries they have sustained in the line of their work.
The figures that are available do show that in reality, the work of the Health and Safety Executive seems to be working. In comparison to the rest of Europe, the UK has a reasonable health and safety record. This not only covers injuries but fatalities as well where the UK figures are lower than Europe generally. Figures show Germany, Spain and France have a higher rate of fatal accidents in the workplace than the UK.
Sick leave in the UK was also reported to be lower than most EU countries. However, the cost to the UK in work related injuries, sick leave and fatalities still runs into billions of pounds and further progress in safety in the work environment is still needed. Just how well current practices are being adhered to and the number of injuries currently being sustained at work may not be known for a few years based on the length of time the previous figures took to be made available.
Of course, to some degree, the figures are irrelevant as innocent workers are being injured every day at work and need to claim compensation for their injuries. Accident Advice Helpline and the hundreds of solicitors they work with have a clear cut strategy to help victims with injury at work claims in the UK. For victims of injury at work claims, UK compensation teams at AAH only need three things for potential claims and they are:
- To have been injured within the last three years.
- To have sought medical advice about the injury.
- That the accident was not their fault.
The most shocking thing is that, simple though it is to make a claim, 70% of people who are injured at work never bother making a claim. Even though they qualify to make a claim, they never bother. Accident Advice Helpline have made it as easy as they can to try and help people with a freephone number and quick online ways of finding out, all potential claimants have to do is take action.
You can give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 (freephone) or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile (charges apply) to discuss things in more detail.
Date Published: 24th January 2013
Author: David Brown