Home News Local & Flintshire News

Figures by Association of Personal Injury Lawyers show hundreds of Flintshire people injured at work

NEW figures obtained by not-for-profit campaign group the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) show Flintshire has one of the highest workplace injury rates in the country.

APIL unveiled the figures as members of the House of Lords debated a clause in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill which will revolutionise the way injured workers claim compensation from their employers.

APIL president Karl Tonks said: “In Flintshire more people suffer a workplace injury per head of the population than in most parts of Great Britain. This number could increase if Government proposals go ahead.

“The change would mean that, if an employer breaches health and safety regulations and a worker is injured, the burden of proving what went wrong will fall to the worker.

“This gives bosses who have been negligent the upper hand, as they are the ones who control the workplace, and the work equipment and who hold all the information about what systems they have in place. The injured person, who has none of this knowledge at his fingertips, will have to gather the evidence himself to prove his case and the odds will be completely stacked against him, where now the law is clear and fair and looks after the vulnerable individual.

“Many people will be put off altogether from making genuine claims for the compensation they may desperately need to get back on their feet.”

During 2011/12 there were 340 workplace injuries recorded in Flintshire – the equivalent of 831 workplace injuries per 100,000 employees. The average for Great Britain was 445.9.