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OxfordMonday 16 April 2018

Oxford Accident Solicitors supports ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’

As accident solicitors who spend our working days supporting people with claims after they have suffered accidents through no fault of their own, we come across too many poor workplace practices – ranging from the sloppy to the dangerously negligent. For that reason, we support any campaign that highlights the need to take health and safety at work with the utmost seriousness.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual event that is being held this year on April 28th. Organised by the International Labour Organization, a United Nations agency that deals with labour standards and protection, the day’s focus is on the global nature of the problem.

Every day a staggering 6,300 people die worldwide as a result of occupational accidents or work-related disease - that’s more than 2.3 million deaths per year. Over 317 million accidents occur on the job annually, many of these resulting in extended absences from work. The human cost of this daily adversity is vast, and the economic burden of poor occupational health and safety practices is estimated at 4 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year.*

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a health and safety culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.

A coherent occupational health and safety culture is one in which the right to a healthy and safe working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.

Each of us is responsible for stopping deaths and injuries on the job. Governments are responsible for providing health and safety laws and guidelines. Employers are responsible for ensuring that the working environment is safe and healthy. Workers are responsible for working safely and not endangering others; they should know their rights and participate in the implementation of preventive measures.

Oxford Accident Solicitors has worked for clients on many accident claims where that government/employer/worker chain of responsibility has been broken, often with serious consequences; too often with fatal consequences. For that reason, we welcome the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and hope that employers in Oxford take advantage of April 28th to review their health and safety practices and ensure they are fit for purpose.

*all figures from ILO, the UN Agency for the world of work

Oxford Accident Solicitors offer a FREE initial consultation that will review your workplace accident and establish if you have a justifiable claim. Please contact us today on 01865 315309 to arrange an appointment with one of our friendly lawyers.

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