The Irish Injuries Board has recently released an analysis of 2013 workplace claims, which reveals that it awarded compensation of €24 million in respect of 826 claims for workplace accidents in 2013, compared to €22 million compensation for 807 awards in 2012.
The average award for a workplace accident last year also increased from €27,286 in 2012 to €28,886 in 2013.
The highest award for a workplace accident last year was €432,000, a substantial increase on the previous year’s figure of €332,143.
Other key statistics from the Injuries Board's analysis of employer liability awards in 2013 include:
“From a peak rate of unemployment in 2012, increasing numbers of workers are re-joining the workforce,” explained Patricia Byron, CEO of the Injuries Board. “Perhaps reflective of this, our data shows a year on year increase in the number of awards made as a result of accidents in the workplace.”
“As the economy starts to grow again, and as businesses around the country begin to expand, it is important that a renewed focus on health and safety is cultivated,” she added.
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