When it comes to serious injury there is no doubt that Britain as a whole is statistically speaking, at least, a much safer place with each passing year.
However, how much store you personally place on statistics concerning accidents at work and on the road and violent crimes will very much reflect your personal experience and the immediate area where you live and work.
The latest government-backed research shows that the number of major injuries caused by work-related accidents fell below 20,000 in 2012 – the lowest official total since records began in 1996.
There was an 11% drop in severe injuries like burns, fractures and amputations in the workplace in England, Wales and Scotland, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The total of 148 fatal injuries was a fall from 171 the previous year. While the cost of injuries and ill-health was around £13.8 billion in the year to 2011, against £16.3bn four years earlier, there is no doubt that work accidents occur at a massive cost to society generally.
The HSE, the body that gathers work accident data on behalf of the government by region shows that if you live in our part of the world (The North West) you have an above average chance of suffering a work accident.
The HSE’s latest research for The North West, in 2012/13 shows:
- Fatal injuries: there were 15 reported fatal injuries to workers.
- Major injuries: there were 2 268 reported major injuries to employees.
- Over seven day injuries: there were 6 783 reported over-seven-day injuries to employees.
- Injury rates: the rate of injury for fatal and major injuries was 81.2 per 100,000 employees, compared with a GB rate of 78.9. The rate of injury for over-seven-day injuries was 241.8 per 100,000 employees, compared with a GB rate of 233.1. And the figures are just as gloomy for that other great contributor of accidents – our local roads.
The Government’s most recent figures show:
- There were 15,436 casualties of road accidents between 2005-2012 in the North West.
- There were 165 fatalities
- Another 2,764 victims were categorised as KSI (Killed or sustained Serious Injuries) in the North West within this period.
Violent crime is also a massive contributor to serious injuries in our region:
- There were 27,372 violent crimes in the Greater Manchester Constabulary area between December 2012 – December 2013 at a monthly average of 2,614 violent crimes per month.
If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of a work-related accident, car crash or violent crime you will already know only too well that the consequences are painful, costly and very, very stressful.
However, if you have suffered your accident through no fault of your own you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
If so, it is absolutely vital that you have the right team on board to fight your corner.
So, let us put your mind at ease.
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