Argyll and Bute ‘has highest workplace injury rate’

Argyll and Bute had Scotland's highest workplace injury rate in 2014-15, according to figures published by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Argyll and Bute had Scotland's highest workplace injury rate in 2014-15, according to figures published by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

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Argyll and Bute has the highest rate of workplace injuries in Scotland, according to figures from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

A total of 547 workplace injuries were reported to the Health and Safety Executive for every 100,000 employees in the area in 2014-15 - almost twice the rate of 288 for Britain as a whole.

The actual number of workplace injuries reported, however, is lower than 547, as the entire population of Argyll and Bute in 2014 - including those not of working age - was only 87,660, according to the National Records of Scotland.

Jonathan Wheeler, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, said: “In many cases, workplace injuries happen when someone did not take proper care to protect employees and colleagues.

“Suffering lies behind these figures and an injury can often have a knock-on effect on the injured person’s family, particularly if he or she is unable to work or care for children while during recovery, or needs help with day-to-day living.”

The figure for Argyll and Bute makes it the only Scottish area to appear in the UK top 20, though it’s still far behind the highest rates in the whole of the country - North Warwickshire being by far the worst offender with 1,390 injury reports per 100,000 employees, followed by Broadland in Norfolk with 943.6 and the London borough of Sutton with 862.9.

“Some areas are more likely to have more injuries because of the nature of the local industry,” Mr Wheeler continued.

“Agriculture, forestry, and fishing are the most dangerous industries for workers. Agriculture has the most workplace injuries and fatalities by far. But every worker in every industry should be able to expect to turn up for a day’s work and return home unharmed.

“Health and safety are often considered to be ‘red tape’ and cutting red tape is high on the Government’s agenda. The safety of our workforces, however, is more important than anything else.”