Workplace Accident Statistics in Scotland

by Five Fantastic Lawyers™ on April 6, 2011

The National Audit Office have published a report confirming that workplace accidents and ill health in Scotland resulted in 2.5 million working days last year. The cost was around £187,000,000.Scotland Accident Claims

The Audit Office looked at the work of Health and Safety Executive in Scotland. Approximately 270 full time HSE inspectors are based in Scotland. 23 fatalities at the work place were reported in 2009 to 2010 with 2625 major injury accidents. 8039 incidents of work place injury were noted. The rate of fatalities and major injuries was higher than in England and Wales. The report concluded that the difference between Scotland and England was statistically significant and the reason was attributed to the greater proportion of the Scottish work force being employed in higher risk industries such as agriculture and construction.

Ian Davidson, MP, Chairman, of the Common Scottish Affairs Committee commented “There is concern, there has been a wide spread view that the figures for Scottish work place accidents are worse than those for the rest of the UK”. The committee has asked the Audit Office to look at the HSE report and figures in more detail.

The government is cutting the HSE budget by 35%. Concern has been expressed in the press and health and safety circles that this would impact on supervision of health and safety in Scotland.

For free initial advice on all aspects of workplace accidents contact Lawford Kidd on 0800 027 1480.

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