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Workplace injury; HSE Annual Report Commentary

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) annual statistics report for Great Britain revealed that in 2012/2013 , 148 workers were killed at work and 78, 222 other injuries to employees were also reported. 19, 707 of these other injuries were main injuries, with the most common kinds of accidents involving slips or trips (43%) and falls from height (13%).
Despite the startling statistics, the good news is that work-related injuries actually showed a downward trend (0.6% decrease in fatalities from 2011/2012). Nonetheless, until we get to the stage where workplace injuries are completely eliminated and employees are confident in their employers’ ability to provide a safe working environment for them, our work in securing justice for victims of workplace injuries will continue as evident from the following recent success:
In 2010, Mr Lenny Andruchiw (63) of Dunscroft, had his thumb and all four fingers on his left hand severed by an industrial saw while working for Doncaster-based Dixon Timber Products.
Dixon Timber Products manufacture worktops, cabinets and units for use in hospitals and industrial environments at their workshop in Balby, where the incident took place.
Mr Andruchiw was an experienced operative and had been with the firm for some years. He had been wearing the firm’s assigned thin gloves, when the accident happened.
After the accident, he was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary and then later to Northern District General Hospital in Sheffield for specialist surgery to try and save his fingers.
In October 2013, three years after his workplace injury, we helped Mr Andruchiw secure a six-figure award from his former employers, Dixon Timber Products, who settled the claim without a formal admission of liability.
You have the right to work in a safe and secure environment. If you’ve suffered an injury at work, contact us to find out how we can help you claim compensation.

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