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How Many Claims Were Made In The UK Year?

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For those of you hoping to find out exactly how many personal injury claims were made in 2014, we’ve got some bad news – there are no industry statistics to quote. So while we’d love to be able to give you a definitive answer, we can’t. What we can say with accuracy is that more than 3 million people are injured in accidents each year – and a percentage of those people injured do follow through with a claim.

Perhaps more interesting than the statistic we don’t have are the statistics we do have- statistics related to fatal and non-fatal injuries in the following industries:

·         Agriculture

·         Construction

·         Health and social care

·         Manufacturing

·         Waste and recycling

How Many Claims Were Made In The UK Year?

Let’s take a look at statistics, as taken from HSE.

  • Agriculture

Agriculture, forestry and fishing is statistically the riskiest industry sector in terms of fatal injuries. According to HSE, 1 in 100 people employed work in agriculture, forestry and fishing, yet it accounts for 1 in 5 fatal injuries to workers. This is a disproportionately high level of fatal accidents; farming is most notorious, with 48% of farm workers fatally injured.

  • Construction

In the last 20 years construction has become a much safer industry, however it’s still a high risk industry. According to HSE, 5% of people employed in the UK work in the construction industry yet the industry accounts for a whopping 31% of fatal injuries and 10% of reported major injuries.UK based claim lawyers manage multiple injury cases within this industry.

  • Health and Social Care

Health and social care has a relatively high level of non-fatal injuries, but one of the lowest levels of fatal injuries. An estimated 91,000 injury cases in this industry are for ill health, related to stress in particular. Ill health is the biggest trend with regards to injuries in this industry, and health and social care is significantly above other industries for this.

  • Manufacturing

According to HSE, the manufacturing industry accounts for 10% of people employed in the UK. Yet, 1 in 5 workers reported non-fatal injuries in the last 5 years, such as fractures and lost digits. There were a reported 14 fatal injuries to workers compared to 26 in the previous five years, and so the manufacturing industry is becoming safer for workers.

  • Waste and Recycling

Perhaps the most surprising of industries, waste and recycling only accounts for 0.5% of people employed in the UK yet it accounts for 2.6% of all reported injuries. In 2013/14, there were four fatal injuries to workers and there was one fatal injury to a member of the public. According to HSE, in the last five years 3 in 10 fatalities was due to vehicles.