Decrease in fatal injuries at work but asbestos related deaths on the rise

8th July 2014

Decrease in fatal injuries at work but asbestos related deaths on the rise

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Workplace accidents used to make up a lot of claims in the personal injury world. With heightened safety precautions in the workplace this has been reduced over the last year, but sadly, the long term asbestos related illness mesothelioma is on the rise instead.

The figures released on 7 July 2014 by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) suggest the number of employees killed at work, in Britain last year, has fallen to the lowest annual rate on record. This went from 150 to 133 workers fatally injured, the previous year. Judith Hackitt, the HSE Chair, said: “The release of the annual statistics always leads to mixed emotions. Sadness for the loss of 133 lives, and sympathy for their families, friends and workmates, but also a sense of encouragement that we continue to make progress in reducing the toll of suffering. Whilst these are only provisional figures, they confirm Britain’s performance in health and safety as world class. For the last eight years we have consistently recorded one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers among the leading industrial nations in Europe.”

In response the Minister of State for Health and Safety, Mike Penning, said: “Any death at work is a death too many. But these statistics show that workplaces are getting safer. The Health and Safety Executive do an excellent job in making sure each and every one of us can go out to do an honest day’s work in the knowledge that our safety is being taken seriously.”

On the same day, the HSE also released the latest number of deaths from mesothelioma. These show that 2,535 people died in 2012, which is an increased from 2,291 in 2011.
Judith Hackitt said: “The high numbers of deaths relating to mesothelioma are a reminder of historically poor standards of workplace health and safety, which decades later are causing thousands of painful, untimely deaths each year. While we now recognise and are better positioned to manage such health risks, these statistics are a stark reminder of the importance of keeping health standards in the workplace on a par with those we apply to safety.”

Sadly, these statistics on mesothelioma are reflected in claims that we are receiving as personal injury solicitors. Ipswich is known as a hotspot area for asbestos related illnesses like mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening and lung cancer because of its history in industrial sites such as Cranes, Cliff Quay Power station and the Sugar Beet Factory. If you have been diagnosed with a work related illness, we can help you secure compensation for you and your families future.  Call us on 01473 298159 or email James.davies@gotelee.co.uk for more information.

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