HSE releases statistics on work accidents

By Gillian Crotty

Injuries suffered as a result of accidents at work cost the UK economy £14billion and affect 1.1million people each year according to new statistics compiled by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The figures reveal that there were 148 fatal work accidents in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK last year, and that the most dangerous areas of employment are in construction, which accounted for 39 of those deaths, agriculture (29 deaths) and waste and recycling (10 deaths). Work accident deaths are almost half what they were 20 years ago

It is also estimated that there are 13,000 deaths each year as a result of work-related diseases, such as mesothelioma - a form of lung cancer suffered by employees who worked with asbestos in the past.

Slips, trips and falls were the most common factor behind the 78,222 non-fatal injuries suffered in work accidents, accounting for approximately a quarter of all the accidents.

If you have suffered injury as a result of a work accident that happened in Northern Ireland contact one of the claims solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt for information and advice on compensation by calling 0800 840 9289.