According to a new report, over the past decade, the number of people receiving work-related injuries or disease awards has fallen by 60%.
In 2000/01, the number of workers who received awards stood at 219,183 but this has fallen to 87,655 by 2011/12.
Rory O’Neill, professor of Occupational Health at Stirling University said “The
Government’s cynical promotion of a compensation culture myth means that many workers who are dying in pain are also dying in poverty”.
The report showed that for most occupational cancers, the chances of receiving a compensation award were below 1 in 50. While more than 4,000 workers a year die from work-related chronic bronchitis and emphysema, only 59 received compensation in 2011/12.
Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, says “The true government motive here is to weaken health and safety laws and make it harder for victims to pursue claims”.