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The type of work carried out in Glasgow has undergone dramatic change over the past century. Manufacturing and engineering, although still important in the area, have given way to a service-based economy and a growth in tourism, life sciences and low carbon industries.

This change has had a big impact on the number and type of workplace accidents in Glasgow and the surrounding regions, as manufacturing and engineering have always been two of the more risky industries to work in.

For example, figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that of the nine people killed in Glasgow, Ayrshire and Lanarkshire workplaces in 2013/14:

  • three were in construction
  • one was involved in motor vehicle repair
  • one was a member of the public on housing association premises
  • one was involved in water transportation
  • one was hit by a vehicle while involved in business support services
  • one worked in agriculture and
  • one was a member of the public who died following a fall at a sports centre

Manufacturing and engineering hardly feature in these figures at all – although we should point out that the statistics do not take account of deaths caused by industrial diseases such as mesothelioma.

Claims for workplace accidents in Glasgow

Industrial diseases are one of the major causes of ill health in people who used to work in the heavy industries in Glasgow. It can take years – even decades – for people to realise that they have one of these diseases and, sadly, it is likely that many workers still remain undiagnosed.

Work-related ill-health, like workplace accidents, is something that all employers are legally obliged to do all they can to avoid. If they fail and you are injured or fall ill as a result, you might be entitled to claim compensation.

Talk to Thompsons in Glasgow for workplace accident lawyers

If you have been injured in a workplace accident in Glasgow, whatever the circumstances, it will help to speak to a specialist lawyer who has seen it all before - someone with the experience to achieve the best result for you, in the quickest possible time. Thinking about a compensation claim? Talk to an expert on 0800 0891331.

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