HSE listed 173 fatal workplace injuries in 2011/12 and these have over 200,000 non-fatal work injuries. In 2010/11 an estimated 1.9 million people in Great Britain were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work.

There are about 100,000 successful personal injury claims a year, normally paid by the insurer providing employers' liability insurance. Unions win the lion's share of personal injury compensation payouts. Each year settle claims worth over £300 million.

Trade unions provide legal advice and support for pursuing compensation claims for occupational injuries and work-related diseases. Increasingly unions also provide legal support for non work-related issued workers and their families, including road traffic accidents.

Links

What's your body worth? www.hazards.org/compensation

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council www.iiac.org.uk

The Compensation Myth: TUC Report on 7 myths surrounding compensation in the workplace www.tuc.org.uk/extras/compensationmyth.doc

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