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Good health and safety procedures at work - the benefits

Have you suffered an accident at work? If the incident was non-fault or part-fault, you might be entitled to claim.

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If you have been injured as a result of poor health and safety in your workplace, then you will be well aware of one of the main benefits of good safety procedures at work – reduced risk of accident.

However, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), about 200 individuals suffer fatal personal injuries in the workplace every year in the UK. In 2011/12, there were 171 worker fatalities, and provisional figures for 2012/13 showed there were 148.

As well as this, numerous employees suffer non-fatal injuries in accidents at work (175,000 over-seven-day injuries in 2012/13), while many could have developed an industrial disease (2291 mesothelioma deaths alone in 2011). It appears that some employers are failing to take accident prevention seriously.

The following HSE video shows how preventable accidents can ruin people's lives.

What benefits does good health and safety bring?

Putting measures in place to reasonably prevent accidents at work could not only help employers adhere to their legal responsibilities, but might also make good business sense. Moreover, having an excellent health and safety policy can carry a number of other benefits.

The HSE states that employers could experience a wide range of benefits by having a good health and safety policy. These include:

As an example, the HSE highlights in its Leading health and safety at work document, the case of a major food retailer who dramatically changed its health and safety policy.

By implementing several new measures, the organisation eventually reported that sickness absence had declined by 17%, reportable accidents had been cut by 28%, its staff members felt happier working for the company, and worker morale had improved.

Potentially, if an employer implements an excellent health and safety policy, he or she could also experience similar benefits. In addition, they may be less likely to face legal action from staff members attempting to claim workplace accident compensation.

Have you sustained an injury at work?

If you suffered personal injury during an accident at work, you may be entitled to claim compensation, providing the incident was not your fault.

Our experienced team have extensive knowledge of this subject area and should be able to tell you if your claim is likely to succeed.

Contact us today to find out more information about making an accident at work claim. The Healys Recover team are based in London and Brighton, and serve the whole of the UK.

If someone's negligence has caused you injury, don't just accept it – claim for it.

Jonathan Austen-Jones

Non-Member Partner

Brighton

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Paul Keown

Non-Member Partner

London

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Vanessa Bishop

Litigation Executive

Brighton

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Andrew Cleary

Litigation Executive

Brighton

01273 810069

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Trevor Henley

Head of Personal Injury and Insurance Litigation

Brighton

01273 810061

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Dino Skinner

Managing Partner

Brighton

01273 810070

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