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Nearly 150 people died in accidents at work

Nearly 150 people died in accidents at work

Provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that 147 people died in accidents at work in 2018/19.

The finalised figures will be published later this year.

Construction and Agriculture account for largest number of fatal deaths at work

The provisional figures show that there were 30 deaths in construction. This is a decrease from 37 on previous year.

Agriculture figures show 32 deaths this year, up three on last year.

5 types of accidents account for almost 75% of all deaths in accidents at work

Nearly ¾ of fatal injuries at work fall into 5 accidents:

  1. Falls from height
  2. Hit by moving vehicle
  3. Struck by a moving object
  4. Crush/trapped by something collapsing or overturning
  5. Contact with moving machinery

Fatalities are 95% male

139 of these deaths were men.

And, a quarter of the deaths were of workers over the age of 60.

92 deaths as result of work connected accidents

92 members of the public died last year as a result of work based accidents.

A third of these occurred on railways.

Vicki Wright, specialist personal injury solicitor at Swain & Co comments,

“You do not expect to lose a family member when they go to work. Our employers are meant to keep us safe. What these provisional figures show is that lessons are not being learned. The figures are remaining fairly stagnant.”

“Falls from height are still the biggest killer in our workplaces. Yet there is plentiful advice and guidance from HSE and protective equipment that can be used to prevent such accidents occurring. Proper planning, including risk assessments, can lead to safer systems of working. Unfortunately in my daily work I see where corners have been cut, or rush jobs carried out which results in tragic injury. The consequences for families are devastating.”

No amount of compensation can make up for losing a loved one.

But, I can help with the financial burden you may face losing an income to your household.

Vicki is here for no obligation discussions about the tragedy you are going through and options that may be available to you.

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