There were 78,000 RIDDOR reported work accident injuries suffered by employees at work in 2013/2014, with around 1.2 million people suffering from work-related illness.
The risks faced by workers depend very much on the type of work that they carry out and, inevitably, some workplaces are riskier than others.
The most dangerous industry of all is agriculture, which although it accounts for just over one in a hundred workers, is responsible for around one in five fatal injuries. Construction is also a dangerous occupation. According to the Health and Safety Executive, it accounts for about 5% of all those employed in Britain, but 27% of fatal injuries and around 10% of reported major injuries.
And it is not only traditionally hazardous industries that are responsible for high levels of worker injury and illness. For example, the health and social care sector is not regarded by many as being a dangerous environment in which to work; however, workers in the health and social care sector have a higher than average incidence of both manual handling and major slip and trip injuries – the most common types of workplace injury in Scotland.
Each type of workplace carries its own set of risks; however some of the most hazardous are the following:
- Offshore oil and gas
- Waste management
Workplace Injury Claims Lawyers
Thompsons' workplace injury solicitors are the leading firm of their kind in Scotland and are experts in advising on and representing compensation claims. Our mission is to realise the full legal rights of people who have suffered injury in accidents that occurred through no fault of their own and we secure around £1 million every week for our clients. We also have an outstanding success rate, winning over 90 percent of the cases we take on.
If you have been involved in a workplace accident, even if you are unsure whether you would be able to claim compensation, our lawyers can talk you through the options, taking you through the process with skill and sensitivity. Give us a call today on 0800 0891331, free of charge and with no obligation. We have several funding options available, including a No Win No Fee package available, if you wish to take matters further.
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