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Trading as Powell Eddison Solicitors 
HSE (Health and Safety Executive) reports that 135 workers were killed in work related accidents in 2022/23. 
Hundreds of thousands were also injured. 
The biggest cause of fatal accidents are: 
- Work from heights 
- Struck by moving object 
- Struck by moving vehicle 
Employers have a duty to report any defect to the HSE using a RIDDOR form (Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations). 
This covers any accidents causing injuries, which are not classed as minor, or at least caused the victim to be unable to perform their normal duties, for more than 7 consecutive days, as a result of the accident. 

Proving Responsibility 

Common Law Negligence 
In simple terms the employer must have been negligent to be liable for causing the accident. By virtue of the employer/employee relationship, a duty of care exists. The accident must have also been foreseeable. 
Statutory Duties 
These obligations are imposed on an employer and were enshrined in the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They were then supported by more specific regulations originally referred to as The Six Pack and expanded further to include, for example: 
a) Manual Handling Operations Equipment Regulations 1992 
b) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 
c) Work at Height Regulations 2005 
The title of these regulations is suggestive of the type of work and accident involved and can be applied accordingly. For example: 
a) Lifting really heavy boxes of Everlasting Gobstoppers 
b) The WonkaVision Shrinking Machine blowing up 
c) Falling into a chocolate river from the top of a waterfall 
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