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Fatal work accidents drop but still a frightening issue

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According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 152 workers were fatally injured whilst carrying out their jobs in 2009/2010.
Whilst this figure indicates a downward trend over the past five years, it still equates to one in every 200,000 workers dying in a workplace accident.
Employers must adhere to strict legislation in order to ensure the health and safety of their employees. Failing to comply can have catastrophic consequences.
Recent fatal accidents at work
Earlier this month in Kent, a building site worker aged just 24 was killed after a trench collapsed and he suffered a cardiac arrest. According to Kent police, a man was arrested on suspicion of corporate manslaughter in connection with the incident.
Also this month, a worker was killed in an accident at a farm in Herefordshire. As reported on the BBC News website, the man, who was in his 30s, died when a corn roller fell on top of him. Police have said the death is not suspicious, but they will be embarking on a joint investigation with the HSE in an attempt to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident.
Of the 152 deaths at work in 2009/2010 reported by the HSE, 42 were in the construction industry, and 38 in agriculture.
For the families left behind after the unexpected death of a loved one, life changes dramatically. Whilst compensation will never make up for the emotional strain, it can help to ease the financial stress experienced when the family loses its breadwinner.
Stephensons’ lawyers who specialise in the area of fatal accident claims work sensitively with clients to make the process of recovering compensation as straightforward as possible. If this is an issue you are facing, please give us a call today on 01616 966 229. We’re here to help.
By personal injury solicitor, Kate Sweeney