Whilst accidents at work have shown a downward trend in number for the last decade, employees are still being injured or even killed by fairly avoidable hazards in the workplace. In the 18/19 period, employers reported 69,208 non-fatal injuries from work-related accidents. Self-reporting from the UK workforce show an estimated 600,000 injuries sustained on the job. And in terms of fatalities, 147 lives were lost across the spectrum of industries, with almost all the causes being preventable by proper safety measures.
We believe it is our duty to help reduce these statistics further, using our skills as lawyers** to hold companies accountable for their employees’ safety. We have a team of employer negligence solicitors** who specialise in claiming compensation for injuries sustained from accidents in the workplace.
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What Accidents at Work Most Commonly Injure Employees?
There’s a myriad of types of accidents at work, and it’s practically impossible to list them all. Further to that, emerging technologies, new styles of working and improving safety mechanisms mean things are always changing — but we are here to help whatever kind of accident you’ve been injured in at work. The most common types of work accidents we deal with are:
Getting trapped by something collapsing or overturning mortally wounded 11 people.
Eight workers were fatally injured by animals.
Drowning or asphyxiating claimed the lives of 5 workers.
Exposure to explosions killed 5 people at work.
Four people in the workplace died from contact with electricity.
The other 14 fatal injuries were mixed in nature, including one death from manual handling, 2 from exposure to fire, 1 exposure to harmful substances and a strike against something stationary death, to reference a few.
Statistically speaking, fatality numbers are an ocean drop today in comparison to pre-regulation days, but the amount of people killed in service of their profession needs to be zero. Modern-day technologies and techniques ought to be implemented to prevent these avoidable accidents from happening at all. In some instances, companies will elect to refute new safety methods or technologies in place of profits. But, in truth, the factors resulting in these work accidents are mixed and therefore hard to nail down to a singular type of fault.
If a loved one has perished as a direct result of injuries sustained from working, call us. We can help evaluate if employer negligence resulted in the loss of life and if so, what compensation can be deemed as rightful justice for the accident — call on 08082391859.
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What Industries Had The Highest Rate of Casualties From Accidents at Work?
In terms of incidents by number of workers, Agriculture, forestry & fishing, as well as waste management, water supply and sewerage industry types come out worst. The rate of injuries is around 18 and 17 times higher than the average of all industries in the UK, respectively.
In terms of raw numbers for the 2018-19 period, the industries with the highest rates of fatalities are as follows:
Who is Most at Risk of Being Injured or Killed in Work Accidents?
Males aged over 60 have a significantly higher chance of succumbing to a fatal injury, according to 18/19 national statistics. Relatively speaking, those in employment over the age of 65 regardless of gender were at greatest risk of injury. However, further research shows that employees with less than 6 months of time on their job were 3 times more likely to have work accidents than any other length of tenure. Young people in the 16-24 range typically fall into this grouping, which again is very commonplace in construction and manufacturing.
In terms of how that factors into actual accidents at work, it would be unfair to suggest older age meant they were just more susceptible, but inadequate signage or highlighting of hazards could be to blame. In the same way, it would be improper to suggest new, young workers were inexperienced and therefore at fault. It is likely a level of training that didn’t prepare them for the role, or complacent supervision, was to blame. This could be expected where high staff turnover is common.
What Areas of The UK Are You More Statistically Likely to be Injured at Work?
If we were to look at standardised figures across the UK, locations where the accidents took place would be fairly average. However, we’re concerned with souls, not statistics — the UK populace isn’t evenly split by industry. This is why Yorkshire and the Humber comes out significantly poorly for fatalities, non-fatal injury and work-related ill health than most other regions. Yorkshire and the Humber have a high volume of employees working in the manufacturing industry.
Scotland has the highest average fatalities per annum for worker. North West England and the West Midlands region comes out badly for work related deaths also. The East Midlands by contrast to the west has a higher rate of non-fatal accidents.
It ought to be said that in comparison to the EU as a whole, the UK comes out extremely well, especially when compared to countries such as France. We can only hope that, now Britain has left the EU after Brexit, it can maintain this leading example; although there is clearly still room for improvement.
Aside from lives and employee wellbeing, what do injuries at work cost the UK?
There is an estimated total of 4.7 million days lost from work-related injury in the UK annually. About 30% of these injuries resulted in more than 7 days of sick leave for the employee involved in the accident. It was calculated that this resulted in a cost of £5.2 billion annually to the British population.
Whilst the government foots about a third of this figure, it is widely accepted that reliance sick pay can pose a significant burden to those off work. This is especially true for those in low paid positions which, according to research from the HSE, levels of workplace injury is higher in occupations typically linked to lower socio-economic classes, like in lower paid “routine occupations”. For those in situations where every pound counts, taking time off work sick can be an issue in itself. Workers might not allow for an adequate recovery, exacerbating the chance of musculoskeletal disorders developing, not to mention justifiable stress.
This is why, when you’ve been injured as a result of employer negligence, we work our hardest to make sure that you get the maximum compensation due to you, no matter your background or role. We provide a no win, no fee* service for our clients so that you don’t have to worry about expensive legal fees blocking your access to justice. Ultimately, we seek to claim compensation to aid in your recovery, but we also look to penalise employers for unsafe practices, complacency, and negligence so that others might not suffer the same fate. If you’ve bee involved in an accident at work, speak to our team of workplace injury solicitors for a free claim assessment today on 08082391859.
What can be done to prevent workplace accidents?
There are several factors that can put unnecessary risk on workers’ safety that have clearly documented prevention measures. In principle, prevention is better than cure. The HSE has a vast library of guidance and resources to help in all manner of industries. But there are some clear steps that, for most industries, can be the difference between working safely and dangerously:
Visibility — hazards need to be highlighted, be they objects with signage and warning symbolism, or people with high-vis PPE wear.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) — where appropriate, supplying workers with safety equipment can save lives and mitigate injury.
Education — perhaps the biggest factor in employees’ wellbeing; being made aware of workplace hazards and how to deal with them should be done before starting the role, and routinely during employment, especially in the first 6 months.
Effective management — just like on the road, accidents are more likely when staff are tired; lengthy shifts and repetitive tasking only makes this worse. It also doesn’t make sense to put inexperienced workers in risky situations. Knowing your staff’s limits can keep them safe.
Test equipment — whilst not a particularly common contributing factor to accidents at work, not making sure machines or useful tools are in proper working order is seriously risky.
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Can I be Fired or Dismissed For Seeking Damages Against my Employer For my Work Accident?
No, this is actually illegal. This helps to prevent employers who have put their staff in danger from getting away with negligent practises. What most people aren’t aware of is that insurers usually cover the cost of compensation, aka damages, for people who have a claim against their workplace.
The negligent company not only doesn’t foot the bill directly, it isn’t allowed to sack staff who seek to receive financial relief for their injury either.
Am I Likely to Have a Case to Claim Compensation for Being Injured at Work?
This depends on a variety of complexities, the category of work accident and the type of injury sustained. For the most part, if blame can be assigned to your employer for not performing their duty of care to you, or the environment you work in is unsafe in any way, then you’ll like to have a claim for workers compensation.
If you’re at all unsure, or would like to start the proceedings, speak to our advisors who will go over the case with thorough attention to the facts and factors involved in your personal injury. Our helpline is open 24/7 on 08082391859 for your convenience.
What Should You do if You’ve Been Injured by an Accident at Work?
Every business, regardless of how “safe” the workplace environment is deemed to be, should have an Accident Book. Having records of injuries sustained by accidents creates an official account of the factors and details surrounding your particular case – which is especially helpful if you pursue compensation.
Collecting photographs of the area that you were injured in helps paint a picture in the minds of our solicitors of how the accident happened and what might have contributed to it.
Getting witness testimonies from colleagues or even customers present for the accident will help lend credibility to the claim. It’s a good idea to get a profile of the culture of the workplace too, which might point to affecting influences like overworking or negligence.
The main thing is to make your recovery a priority, as returning to work only partial healed-up might make your prone to further injury, or musculoskeletal problems.
Furthermore, keep a record of any ongoing pain, discomfort or trauma you might experience as a result of the accident. It can show how your injury might affect you long-term and give a more accurate view to the appropriate compensation for it.
When you feel comfortable to do so, contact our team of workplace accident specialists who will discuss the details of your claim with you – if and how much compensation you might be due. Call on 08082391859.
I lost a loved one that was self-employed and died due to an accident in another's work environment, can I still seek damages for them?
This is trickier to attribute fault for, but much more common an issue than people realise. Over a quarter of fatal workplace injuries in 18/19 were to self-employed workers, mostly in agriculture and construction, but also in manufacturing and administrative/support services.
In a lot of these situations, self-employed workers are contractual or freelancing for these industries – which means the company is responsible for their safety just as much as their own employees. With the growing number of industries working with staff as self-employed workers, commonly in transport with (not to point fingers at) the likes of Uber and Deliveroo, it may become even more common to deal with self-employed work-injury cases going forward.
In certain situations, assigning negligence might be difficult. Our team are a great resource for examining your case to understand where the fault lies and who, if anyone, needs to be brought to justice for the work accident. Speak to us today on 08082391859 for a no-obligation evaluation of your claim.
A Loved One Was Killed by an Accident at Work, Can I Claim on Their Behalf?
We can help with this. The events surrounding the accident will obviously dictate who is responsible for the fatal injury, but consensus seems to be that things must be extremely wrong for a worker to die doing their job.
If you have lost a loved one, speak to us on 08082391859 for an understanding attitude and an evaluation of the claim.
What Advantages do I Have if I Claim Compensation For Accidents at Work With Friends Legal?
We have a team of technical qualifiers who can assess your claim for free. If they feel you have a case, we bring your claim to one of our panel solicitors — that way you don’t run up any legal fees by just asking questions.
Our telephony team is open 24hrs a day, but you can leave them a message with our contact form, and they’ll get back to you within a few working days.
Our panel of workplace injury solicitors can work on a no win, no fee* basis, meaning again, you’re not drumming up expensive legal fees by claiming for your personal injury.
The team covers the whole of the UK, and you’ll be assigned a panel solicitor depending on if you’re in England and Wales, or Scotland.
Our panel solicitors have helped thousands of injured people claim compensation.
We can also help with rehabilitation; arranging physio as part of a whole accident management package.
Our UK call centre is based in Manchester.
We fight for the maximum compensation for your work injury, because ultimately your job is to make the company successful, and they should at least ensure your safety in exchange.
When we calculate your claim amount, we factor in loss of earnings, general expenses and any ongoing costs incurred by the injury, so that you get the highest level of compensation due to you.
We’re friendly, empathetic and here to help you however we can.
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If you’ve had an accident at work and someone else is at fault, call our accident helpline today on 08082391859 to start your claim – we’re here to help.