As technology develops and employers tighten up health and safety policies and procedures, we are now safer than ever at work. Statistics from the UK’s independent watchdog for work-related health, the Health and Safety Executive, reveal a steadily declining trend in fatalities at work over the last twenty years. Regrettably, however, a total of 1.2 million people still suffer injuries in the workplace every year. But where do these industrial accident claims come from? Where are the most dangerous places to work?
Responsible for a greater number of fatal injuries over the last five years than any other sector, the agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing industry is reportedly the most dangerous industry in which to work. Over half of those suffering a fatal injury were farmers.
In recent years a significant 22% of fatalities at work and 10% of major injuries reported have occurred within the construction industry, with 5,000 new cancer cases arising each year which are the result of previous exposure to risk within this sector.
Health and Social Care
Currently an estimated five million working days are lost each year due to illness or injury suffered by workers in health and social care and stress-related illnesses are higher in this sector than in any other. Health and social care employers are, however, more proactive compared to those in other industries: Recent statistics show an increase in employer-reported industrial accident claims for this sector.
This sector is responsible for approximately 15% of all reported major injuries and workers in food manufacture are almost twice as likely to have to make industrial accident claims as employees in any other industry.
Waste and Recycling
Whilst overall numbers of reported injuries and accidents have decreased steadily over the last few years, waste and recycling still remains a high-risk industry. Workers in waste and recycling are most likely to have to make industrial accident claims for slips and trips or as a result of a handling injury.
How are industrial accident claims dealt with?
Whether you are employed in one of these particular industries or elsewhere, you may one day find yourself in the unfortunate position of suffering an accident or injury at work. Staggeringly, 70% of victims of an accident or injury which is not their fault choose not to fight for compensation, with over a third of these people believing that their injury is not severe enough to bother to make a claim.
If an accident or injury happens in your workplace, it is important that you report it to your employer –verbally or in writing- either in person, or if you are unable to do so, through a colleague. Also, seek medical attention as soon as possible and make sure you have access to doctors’ reports. At Accident Advice Helpline we work on a strictly no-win, no-fee basis and have years of experience in dealing with industrial accident claims and have a dedicated team of advisors and lawyers trained to help you. To discuss an accident or injury you have incurred at work, call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 22nd January 2013
Author: David Brown