Category Fatal accident statistics

FATAL ACCIDENTS : COHABITEE IS (OR SHOULD BE) ENTITLED TO BEREAVEMENT PAYMENT

The Court of Appeal decided today that the failure of the  Fatal Accidents Act to include cohabitees  within the definition of those entitled to a bereavement payment is incompatible with Section 4 of the Human Rights Act. As the law currently stands cohabitees are  not entitled to the statutory bereavement payment under the Fatal Accidents […]

REDUCTION IN FATAL ACCIDENTS AT WORK: BUT THE FIGURES MUST BE TREATED WITH CAUTION

The HSE today reported a welcome reduction in fatalities in the workplace.  Workplace deaths are at an “all time low”. HSE has also today released the latest number of deaths from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. These show that 2,535 people died in 2012, which is an increased from 2,291 in 2011. […]

THE HSE FATAL FIGURES FOR FATAL ACCIDENTS: ARE THEY ACCURATE?

An earlier post set out the HSE figures for accidents at work. The TUC “Risk” publication sets out evidence that these figures are a major under-estimate: “HSE ‘glibly under-states’ work death toll The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) “glibly under-states and under-estimates the scale of the killing” at work, a top academic has charged. Steve […]

FATAL ACCIDENT IN THE MINES

Mining remains a dangerous industry. A mining company was fined on the 22nd October 2013 following the death of a minor caused by a roof collapsing. The Health and Safety Executive report is at http://press.hse.gov.uk/2013/uk-coal-failings-led-to-miners-death/?ebul=hsegen&cr=3/28-oct-13   An analysis of the annual statistics for deaths in mining is at http://www.hse.gov.uk/mining/statistics.htm

FATAL ACCIDENTS AT WORK: STATISTICS FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2013

The Health and Safety Executive have released statistics which show that 57 fatalities took place in the workplace in the first three months of 2013. The most dangerous sector was services followed by agriculture.  (Although given the limited number of people employed in agriculture this is probably quite a frightening statistic). These figures do not […]