I was very shocked to read that the number of work related deaths in Edinburgh and the Lothians has risen in the past year. This has led to warnings to employers to take health and safety seriously.
The figures that have been released for 2009-2010 show that there were three workplace fatalities in the area, an increase of two from the previous year.
The number of serious workplace injuries has fallen from 398 in 2008-2009 to 302 in 2009 - 2010. I am pleased to hear that these numbers are falling but it is still not good enough.
Dr Paul Stollard, director for HSE in Scotland, has said that “The national fall in numbers of workers killed or injured through their work is encouraging, but we must also remember that each death results in a family missing a loved one…Employers must stay vigilant and learn the lessons from the past to ensure they protect their workers in the future.”
Employers have a duty to ensure that they provide their employees with a safe working environment. If they fail to do so and you are injured as a result then you will be able to make a claim.
If you have been injured at your work then contact Thompsons Solicitors who will give you advice on your first steps to receiving compensation.