Fatal Accident Compensation claims have decreased over the past twelve month for fatal accidents at work.
New figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the number of workers in the construction sector who were fatally injured, show that between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010:
41 workers in the construction industry were killed at work, comparing that figure with the average of 66 workers over the past five year’s. Compared with the figures for 2008/09 when 52 workers died, the figures show a fall of 21%.
The construction sector has rate of 2 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers, making this one of the most dangerous industries in which to work.
A spokes person for HSE’s said:
“While it’s heartening to see a continued reduction in the number of deaths in construction, it’s tempered by the fact that 41 workers failed to come home to their families last year because of avoidable safety failings.
“Construction continues to be one of the most dangerous industries in Great Britain and employers and workers must continue to take an uncompromising approach to safety.
“It’s too soon to say that the decrease in fatalities is down to any particular reason, but it is imperative that as the economy recovers, health and safety is seen as a priority – we know from past experience that economic recoveries tend to lead to an increase in worker deaths.”
With the down turn in the construction industry it would also be logical that with fewer people employed the numbers of Compensation claims for accident at work would also fall.
If you have been injured at work, you could have a claim for compensation against your employer if they have not fulfilled their duty of care.