A survey by National Accident Helpline found that 62 per cent of employees believed that their employer was placing less emphasis on health and safety.
Just over a third – 38 per cent – believed that their employer remained as committed to workplace safety as ever.
The figures come just days after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that 34 million work days – 1.4 days for every British worker – are lost annually as a result of work-related illness or injury.
National Accident Helpline legal director John Campbell said: “Investing time and money to make your workplace as safe as possible may seem less important during a recession, but these figures show that there is a financial incentive to do so.
“Employees who have accidents because of poor workplace safety have every right to claim for compensation.
“Cutting corners on health and safety is a false economy as there will be costs to the business through lost man hours and sick pay. This could cost the business more in the long run”
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