Figures show rise in serious accidents at work

Personal injury claims made following accidents at work could be set to rise in number in the near future, if new figures are anything to go by.

According to data published this week (June 28th) by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the number of fatalities caused by incidents in workplaces increased in the year from April 2010 to March 2011 after the previous 12 months saw an all-time low figure recorded.

The rate of fatal injuries across all industries now stands at 0.6 per 100,000 employees, an increase on the 0.5 per 100,000 shown one year earlier.

Judith Hackett, chair of the HSE, labelled these statistics "disappointing", meaning that companies could be set to face an increasing number of claims for damages in the coming months.

However, Ms Hackett added that "we must remember that we still have one of the lowest rates of fatal injury anywhere in Europe" and suggested that a reduction in red tape by the government would help drive this statistic lower in future.

Posted by Craig Williams

28/06/2011 16:46