According to recent research conducted by our team, 60% of Brits admit to not being fully aware of the health and safety procedures at their place of work. Therefore it will come as no surprise that over half (51%) of the nation has suffered an injury in the workplace. After analysing HSE data, we can now reveal the most dangerous regions to work in the UK.
Collated numbers of fatal injuries from 2013 – 2019 position the North West among the top three most unsafe regions to work in, closely followed by Yorkshire and The Humber. However, topping the table with a staggering figure of 74, it is the West Midlands that has been exposed as the most perilous place to work. Surprisingly, London only ranks seven out of a possible ten regions for its risk factor. With only having 59 fatal injuries recorded, the capital city is only just above Wales.
Looking at which professions are more treacherous than others, we were able to filter through recorded fatal injuries by industry over the last six years: declaring Construction as the most hazardous career choice, with 180 injuries recorded.
Though Electricity, Gas and Steam Supply may sound like a risky procedure, it’s ranked as the lowest on the list with only 7 incidents recorded – a startling four places below the 49 registered under Information and Communication. This could be a result of the stringent safety regulations in place for these industries, and something other sectors could potentially learn from.
Even if a work accident isn’t fatal, it can still have a life-changing impact on you and your family’s life. At Hudgell, we’ve represented hundreds of victims who have suffered a range of accidents in the workplace:
Demolition worker lost leg after work accident
Harold Willbye was three days into his job at a Hampshire-based demolition firm when he suffered breaks to the two main bones in his left ankle after his foot became trapped under a speaker which had fallen.
After visiting hospital where he had metal pins and plates inserted to heal the break, he was left unable to walk and spent months in a wheelchair as his bones failed to mend.
Despite doctors best efforts, he eventually had to have his leg amputated below the knee nine months after the accident.
Click here to find out how we helped Harold.
Worker heard lamppost snap like a twig
Malcolm Smart was employed as a street lighting supervisor, an industry he had worked in for over 30 years, when he fell three metres to the floor as a concrete lamppost he was working on snapped.
The grandfather, who was represented by Hudgell Solicitors, suffered multiple fractures to his left leg and ankle, with doctors considering at one stage whether it would be better to amputate the limb rather than operate. Neither Mr Smart’s employer nor the council which owned the street lights ever admitted being responsible for causing his injuries.
Click here for more about what we did for Malcolm.