Fatal accident figures issued by the Health and Safety Executive confirm a reduction in fatalities
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17th August 2009

Annual HSE fatal accident at work figures

In March 2009, the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) reported a provisional 6-month figure of 90 fatal accidents at work (see our News item “HSE latest fatal injury numbers” dated 2nd March 2009). Based on historical data, this was on target to be a record low, with a significant decrease on the previous five-year average. The provisional figure was in fact a 22% decrease on that average.

Provisional accident at work figures

Figures issued by the HSE for the 12-month period to end of March 2009 have confirmed this trend with an annual figure of 180. However, it must be remembered that this figure is provisional until June 2010 when fatalities that can occur some time after the accident at work will be taken into account.

Occasionally, the figures are also adjusted as a result of the late reporting of accidents, or information arising from coroners’ rulings, which can confirm that the fatality was an accident at work. (These figures exclude work-related road traffic accidents).

Biggest reduction in fatal accidents at work

The two sectors that showed the biggest reduction in fatal injuries were construction and manufacturing which reported 53 deaths and 32 deaths respectively. However, the actual reason for the sharp decline is unclear, since several factors may have contributed to the reduction, including the impact of the recession, but may also prove to be a short-term statistical co-incidence.

Impact of recession on accidents at work

In the current economic climate, it is possible that a reduction in demand both in the construction and in manufacturing sectors has had a major impact. During times of recession, evidence has historically shown that injury rates tend to decline, when there is typically less pressure on employees to work longer hours, and fewer inexperienced workers are recruited. If this is the case, employers must ensure that when demand increases again, the pressure to meet targets does not cause the numbers to also rise.

Accident at work checklist

If the worst happens and you are injured in an accident at work, wherever possible always complete the workplace accident report in your own words. If possible take photographs and ask for the names and home addresses of witnesses to your accident at work. Keep a record of any doctors visited and treatments received and keep receipts for any injury related expenses. For more details visit our section on gathering information and evidence.

Fatal accident compensation claims

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident through no fault of their own, Clear Answers has the experience in dealing with serious accidents and fatal injuries. Whether an accident at work was due to negligence on the part of an employer, a breach of statutory duty, or some other cause, Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of specialists waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your accident compensation claim.

Strict time limits apply for making a personal injury compensation claim, so please seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation. Please visit our information and advice section for more information on making a compensation claim.

If you select Clear Answers to represent you in your claim, we will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, and our specialist personal injury lawyers will talk you through the claims process in plain English. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your accident claim.

Please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers to see if you have a valid accident claim for compensation. Alternatively, if you prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms, a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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