Flintshire turns out to be one of the worst places to work, according to new research from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers detailing work accidents.
The not-for-profit legal industry trade body says that Flintshire is, hands down, one of the most dangerous places in the UK to work, with staggeringly high per capita work accident claim figures. The new data comes just as the House of Lords hotly debated new legislation which could institute serious changes to how personal injury compensation claims are handled between workers and employers.
Karl Tonks, APIL president, remarked that the highly inflated Flintshire injury numbers could stand to get much worse if the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill goes forward in its current form without addressing these issues. The bill as it reads now would lead to the burden of proof shifting to the worker in the event of an employer’s breach of health and safety rules leads to a workplace accident where an employee is injured, which would do nothing but provide negligent bosses with the upper hand when it comes to discouraging these claims.
With employers controlling the workplace and all the equipment within it, not to mention being the ones who hold all the necessary information regarding the systems a particular business has in place, injured workers with no access or knowledge of any of these methods or information will have to face the unfair burden of seeking out all the evidence they need by themselves in order to prove their case. However, the current law is not only fair but clear in that vulnerable individuals are provided for, Mr Tonks remarked, warning that a large number of people are sure to be put off from making a genuine work accident claim if the new legislation is passed – despite the fact that these injured workers may be in dire need of financial support.
According to the APIL’s data, throughout the course of the 2011-2012 year Flintshire had a total of 340 workplace injuries. This would be equal to over 830 workplace injuries for every 100,000 workers, and is almost twice the 445.9 workplace injury average, the APIL says.