Figures collected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that Greater Manchester saw more work-related injuries in the last year than in 2012/13.
These incidents rose from 3,470 to 3,562 across the region, with six out of ten boroughs recording an increase. Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford all reported more injuries than the previous year, with Rochdale suffering a year-on-year increase of 57.
In contrast, Bolton, Manchester, Salford and Wigan all saw their figures decrease. Manchester saw the biggest improvement, dropping from 909 to 881 accidents. However, this was still the highest overall figure across all the boroughs, in part due to the fact that it has the largest population.
There were six workplace fatalities across Greater Manchester, compared with five the year before. Half of these were in Manchester, with Rochdale, Stockport and Wigan recording one each. Bolton, Oldham, Salford and Trafford were the only boroughs not to experience a single workplace fatality in the last two years.
To put all this in context, the national figures for this period show there were 79,500 injuries at work and 133 fatalities.
The extent and nature of the injuries in question was not included in the data, so there is no indication of where the most serious incidents occurred.
Dealing with accidents at work
While staff throughout Greater Manchester will hope these figures serve as wake-up call to employers, there is still the question of what to do if you fall victim to one of these accidents.
Croftons Solicitors are very experienced in acting on behalf of workers who are injured at work due to their employer’s negligence. We can assess the circumstances of your accident and help you secure the practical financial and medical assistance you need to recover and get back to work as quickly as possible.
In more serious cases, if your injuries are so severe that you cannot return to work, we will work hard to ensure you get the support you need with regards to ongoing medical care. Where fatalities occur, we can provide legal advice and support for the family members left behind.
To discover more about how we could assist you, call the team today on 0800 2800 094 or fill in the enquiry form on this page.