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Workplace accidents falling but mesothelioma claims still rising

A recent report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that the number of people involved in fatal accidents at work last year has fallen to its lowest ever level. These figures cover the 12-month period from April 2013 to 2014.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) reports from this period show that 133 people died whilst at work, compared to 150 people in the previous reporting year.
The chair of HSE, Judith Hackitt, expressed mixed emotions following the release of the report, as ultimately, 133 people still lost their lives, but she was optimistic that the downward trend would continue.
Great Britain has been leading the way in Europe and the rest of the world in health and safety for its workers for many years. This year’s work related accident fatality figures contribute to the UK figures being some of the lowest recorded across Europe in the last eight years.
Agriculture still remains the most dangerous industry to work in the UK, with 27 fatalities. Construction was next, and although the figures showed a reduction on the five-year average, there was an increase on the previous year’s results. This demonstrates the need for businesses to tighten up their health and safety practices as the construction industry starts to increase its workload in this period of economic recovery.
However, the number of deaths in the UK related to mesothelioma is rising. Sadly 2,535 men and women lost their lives to this work-related disease in 2012. This rise is likely to continue for some time yet, due to the long period of time it can take the disease to manifest.
What is clear is that while the downward trend in fatal work accidents is good news, even one work accident that ends in a death is one too many. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident at work, contact a specialist personal injury solicitor for help and advice. Call 01302 320621 or email info@athertongodfrey.co.uk

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